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Ex-foreman at Va Tech project enters US plea

Monday - 4/22/2013, 3:40pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The government says a Richmond man has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act for improperly disposing of asbestos-containing materials at a job he oversaw at Virginia Tech.

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Edward K. Durst entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. He was the foreman of an asbestos company that was hired to remove materials from Tech's Cowgill Hall in 2007. The asbestos was contained in window frames.

According to prosecutors, Durst instructed his workers to take the window frames from a designated waste container and to take them to a metal recycling center. He then kept the cash payments for the scrap metal.

At his sentencing, Durst faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.


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