COLUMBIA — Scott William Farmer, 37, of Anderson, was sentenced Aug. 19 in federal court in Spartanburg for knowing endangerment by release of asbestos, a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7413(c)(5).
U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Spartanburg sentenced Farmer to 41 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that between November 2012 and April 2013, Farmer and others working for Farmer demolished portions of Haynsworth Mill, located at 2115 McDuffie St. in Anderson, to sell scrap metal from the building. The materials in the building contained hazardous levels of asbestos.
Farmer was repeatedly warned by S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to stop his demolition efforts because of the danger.
Farmer continued tearing down the building and failed to take required precautions to safeguard his workers, individuals to whom he sold the metal from the Mill, and the public.
On March 14, 2013, an Emergency Order was issued against Farmer to cease all activities on the site due to the hazardous levels of asbestos. In April 2013, DHEC inspectors again located Farmer and another conducting demolition work on the contaminated site.
Residents can report any violations to the EPA at 800-241-1754 or www2.epa.gov/enforcement/report-environmental-violations.
The case was investigated by agents of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Health and Environmental Control of South Carolina. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie Lea Schoen of the Greenville office prosecuted the case.