Parker, CO man indicted for contributing to airborne release of asbestos

April 16th, 2010 - 12:16 am ICT by BNO News  

DENVER, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) – A Parker, Colorado man was indicted on Thursday for contributing to the release of a hazardous substance by misleading state officials, prosecutors informed.

Michael Merit, 45, falsely claimed to be a certified asbestos inspector in order to obtain a job in the demolition of a mobile home park in Elizabeth, Colorado, from November 2007 to January 2008.

Once hired, Merit was suspected of performing the wrong tests to determine if asbestos was present in the mobile homes. He was also suspected of delivering the improper test results to the demolition company, which used them to apply for a demolition permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Resource Center, the demolition company which hired Merit, leveled three mobile homes, which resulted in the airborne release of asbestos.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tested demolition site and determined that asbestos levels at levels high enough to pose a substantial threat to human health and the environment.

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