Two Men Headed to Prison After Exposing High School Students to Asbestos


According to a March 31 report in the Merced Sun-Star, after exposing Merced County high school students to asbestos, two men have been sentenced to prison.

The men were executives at Firm Build, a now defunct nonprofit organization, which was contracted by the Mercer County Office of Education to provide job training to high school students. During a renovation project that took place from September 2005 to March 2006, the men used the high school students to remove asbestos.

“Directing student workers to illegally remove demolition debris containing asbestos, knowing they had neither the training nor the proper personal protective equipment, threatens their health and safety,” Jay M. Green, special agent-in-charge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement program in California, said in a statement.

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