For Immediate Release
January 21, 2009
Attorney Daniel J. Licata
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte and Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Hubbard of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division announce that, on January 20, 2009, the Cheshire County Grand Jury returned six indictments of Paul Davis (Age 57) of Winchester, NH for violations of New Hampshire's Asbestos Control and Management laws. The indictments relate to the State's allegations that Mr. Davis illegally performed an asbestos abatement project at 127 School Street in Keene, NH. Each indictment charges Mr. Davis with a Class B felony. The indictments are the result of a cooperative investigation involving the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division, the Keene Police Department and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
"The improper removal of asbestos creates a significant health risk to the people who live or work in the immediate area of the removal. Strict enforcement of the laws regulating the safe handling of asbestos is necessary to protect the residents of our state," said Attorney General Ayotte.
Mr. Davis' arraignment is scheduled for January 28, 2009 at the Cheshire County Superior Court. The Environmental Protection Bureau of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.
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