NORFOLK, Va. -- A Virginia Beach businessman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to violating federal asbestos standards during a demolition project.
Eighty-two-year-old Billy J. Avery entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2014.
According to court records, Avery and EC&C Environmental were subcontracted in July 2012 to conduct an asbestos inspection of the Wayside Motor prior to its demolition. Avery operated the company out of his home and served as its secretary and treasurer.
The company and Avery were accused of not following federal work practice standards and procedure when they removed and disposed asbestos- containing materials from the building.
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