Asbestos abatement firm faces felony charges

Asbestos abatement firm faces felony charges

Washington Attorney General claims A1 Asbestos provided false asbestos waste shipment records.

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January 3, 2017
CDR Staff
Demolition Legislation & Regulations

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed five felony charges in Chelan County (Washington) Superior Court against A1 Asbestos LLC and its owner, Timothy Powell, for allegedly providing false asbestos waste shipment records to an Okanogan County landfill, including forging signatures on one of the documents.

According to the AG’s office, Powell and A1 Asbestos are also accused of offering false statements to the State of Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries about the start dates of asbestos abatement work in an attempt to avoid worksite safety inspections.

In a release from the AG’s office, Ferguson says, “Strict rules governing the disposal of asbestos waste exist to protect workers and the public, and they must be followed.”

According to State of Washington law, before a landfill will accept general construction waste, contractors must provide proof from an asbestos abatement contractor, such as A1 Asbestos, that the waste does not contain asbestos. The abatement contractors remove asbestos and dispose of it, properly and safely contained, at landfills and provide an asbestos waste shipment record to contractors as proof that their construction waste has been cleared of asbestos.

Powell is accused of falsifying Okanogan County waste shipment records on several occasions to inaccurately show that he properly disposed of asbestos waste at a different landfill in Grant County.

According to the AG’s office, the false documents allegedly allowed Powell and his business to avoid some of the costs of asbestos disposal by combining asbestos waste from multiple job sites and only paying one disposal fee.

Powell and A1 Asbestos have been charged with:

  • Four counts each of offering a false instrument for filing or record; and
  • One count each of forgery.

Both charges are class C felonies with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine plus costs, fees and restitution.

The Chelan County Superior Court has scheduled a preliminary hearing on the charges for Jan. 9.

The Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case at the request of the Chelan County Prosecutor’s Office.