A man from Maryland has pleaded guilty to violation of the Clean Air Act with regards to the removal of asbestos. The charges were in connection with the removal of potentially deadly asbestos from the former Woodville State Hospital , which is located in Collier.

The forty nine year old man, Charles Victoria, stood before U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster in Pittsburgh federal court when he entered his plea. The hospital was decommissioned in 1998, and this is when the man supervised the removal of asbestos from the site.

However, according to Allegheny County Health Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, which carried out a number of inspections, the asbestos was not properly contained or disposed of. Some insulation containing asbestos is said to have fallen into a ravine, where it remainder for a year.

The man will be sentenced in July of this year, and according to recent reports he could be facing up to five years in prison, fines of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, or possibly both prison and a fine.

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