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Three workers indicted for asbestos remediation

July 27, 2010
BELLEVILLE, MI — In a case of asbestos remediation crossing state boundaries to create hazards for human health, one man from Calverton, New York stands accused of improperly removing asbestos from an apartment building, with the assistance of two other individuals, at least one of them from Michigan, according to a press release.
Peter DeFillippo of Calverton is the owner of the firm, Excel Demo, Inc., which got the winning bid to remove the asbestos from the Providence at Harbour Club apartment building in 2008: He is accused of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act and making false statements to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MEDQ), the release stated.
According to the release, DeFillippo, through a second party, reportedly hired temporary laborers to remove the asbestos in order to avoid the high cost of licensed, professional asbestos remediation: He also had the work performed without the supervision of a certified professional asbestos remediation consultant.
The two other men named in the indictment are Joseph Terranova and David Olsen. Both are charged with the same crimes as DeFillippo; that is, National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) violations and reportedly lying to the MEDQ about their roles in the illegal removal of more than 30,000 square feet of asbestos-containing material (ACM) on June 2008 from the Providence at Harbour Club apartment building, the release noted.
Click here to read the complete release.