William T. Muzzio, Jr. of Citadel Environmental Consultants in Woodbridge, New Jersey faces 5-10 years in state prison, and fines up to $150,000 for illegally removing asbestos-laden tiles and insulation from 13 schools, 21 homes, and 11 other New Jersey sites between April, 2011 and May, 2012. Muzzio is charged with 10 second-degree counts of unlawful release of a toxic pollutant, 36 third-degree counts of violating the Asbestos Control and Licensing Act, a third-degree count of theft by deception, and 2 third-degree counts of forgery. If New Jersey prosecutors have their way, Muzzio’s conviction will hopefully act a deterrent to other would-be violators of the laws that regulate the removal and disposal of deadly asbestos materials.
William T. Muzzio, Jr. and his company, Citadel Environmental Consultants, were hired to remove asbestos-containing pipe insulation from a boiler room in a daycare center in Union, New Jersey. After the state department of Health and Human Services discovered that Muzzio was operating without the proper licensing credentials from the New Jersey Department of Labor, an investigation was launched by the Labor Department and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Investigations revealed that Muzzio had also illegally removed asbestos-containing insulation and had improperly sealed asbestos tiles in another 35 area sites, including 13 schools. Because asbestos is a known carcinogen, officials are extremely concerned about the possible exposure to students in the affected schools. With the start of a new school year right around the corner, properly-licensed asbestos removal companies are scrambling to clean up Muzzio’s toxic mess before students occupy the schools in just a few weeks.
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