ALBANY, N.Y. – The owner of company that owns the former Nestles Plant in Fulton could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to a felony violation of the Clean Air Act.
Edward Palmer, 47, of Phoenix, N.Y., pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Syracuse and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30, 2013. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Palmer is the owner of Carbonsted, LLC, a company that owns the former Nestles Plant, 555 Fourth Street in Fulton. The plant contains pipes with more than 2,000 feet of friable asbestos insulation. Palmer engaged in asbestos renovation activities without filing a notification with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. According to prosecutors, he directed unlicensed individuals to perform asbestos removal without wetting the asbestos and keeping it moist, and without properly disposing of the asbestos at a state-approved landfill.
Asbestos exposure has been determined to cause various forms of cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a nearly always fatal disease.