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PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED

20 years ago

On March 10, R. David Farley of New Bethlehem, Pa., was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh with the improper removal of asbestos from the Red Bank Valley High School in New Bethlehem, Pa. The charges state that Farley, who was supervisor of the Red Bank Valley Schools, oversaw the removal of at least 160 square feet of floor tiles and glue that contained regulated asbestos-containing material (ACM) from the high school between August 1, 1996 and August 10, 1996. The indictment alleges that the ACM was improperly collected, processed, packaged and disposed of. The indictment further alleges that the ACM was removed without following federal work practice standards and without worker protection. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can cause people to develop a lung disease known as “asbestosis” and lung cancer. If convicted, Farley faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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