WENATCHEE, Wash. (Legal
Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 29
that his office has filed charges against Timothy Powell and his business A1
Asbestos LLC, for allegations of providing false asbestos waste shipment
records to an Okanogan County landfill.
Additional charges include
signature forgery on one of the documents and offering false statements to the
Department of Labor and Industries. According to Ferguson’s office, Powell and A1
Asbestos lied about the start dates of asbestos abatement work in an attempt to
circumvent worksite safety inspections.
Disposing of asbestos waste
costs more than disposing of general construction waste. By allegedly falsifying
documents, Powell was able to avoid some of the costs of asbestos disposal, Ferguson said.
“Strict rules governing the
disposal of asbestos waste exist to protect workers and the public, and they
must be followed,” Ferguson said.
Assistant attorney general
Josh Choate is handling the case for the state and Ferguson’s office is working at the behest of the Chelan County Prosecutor’s Office.
Ferguson regards protecting the environment as
a major priority. Since 2013, he has secured more than $900,000 in
restitution orders from environmental cases.