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Montgomery Contractor Charged for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

Philadelphia, PA – A contractor from Montgomery County has been charged a few days ago for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act (CAA) concerning asbestos-linked works.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern Dist. of Pennsylvania charged Anthony Biello after he allegedly failed to notify the Division of Philadelphia City Air Management Services of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the removal of materials containing asbestos from an old church in the Spring Garden section of the city. Anthony Biello, who had been living at Ambler (PA), is an Illinois resident now. He is 55 years old.

Siloam Industries, the nonprofit group which owned the historic church building, had hired D&E Solutions owned by Anthony Biello for removing the dangerous asbestos-containing materials prior to the planned demolition of the structure, media reports indicate. The church building was constructed in the mid-19th century when asbestos was a widely used building material.

The building, which was home to Church of the Assumption once, is situated at 1133 Spring Garden St.

Biello is facing a sentence of up to 5 years if proved guilty on a count of breaching the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), says Zane David Memeger, the office of the United States Attorney.

The 1970 Clean Air Act requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency to develop as well as enforce regulations for protecting the public from being exposed to airborne pollutants which are known to be health hazards.

This case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the assistance of the Philadelphia City’s Air Management Services office.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral occurring in the nature. Chrysotile asbestos or white asbestos is the most commonly used type of asbestos in structural applications. The useful features of asbestos include its strength, resistance against heat, incredible insulating properties, in addition to its low cost.

Now asbestos is a highly regulated material as it is a known carcinogen. Lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of chest cavity), and asbestosis (fibrotic scarring of the lung tissue) are some conditions caused by asbestos exposure. Exposure to asbestos takes place when an individual: breathe in asbestos fibers; and ingest the dangerous fibers present in drinking water through the mouth. Skin contact also can be dangerous. As there is no safe asbestos exposure level, any exposure should be avoided.