August 9, 2019
Owner of Virginia-Based Environmental Company Sentenced for Failure to Comply with the Toxic Substance Control Act
On August 9, 2019, Paul Potter, owner of Chelsea Environmental, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia, to 12 months of probation, 50 hours of community service, a fine of $15,000, and a $50.00 special assessment fee for failure to comply with the Toxic Substance Control Act.
The investigation revealed that between October 2013 and March 2014, Potter failed to comply with Federal regulations related to handling friable asbestos-containing materials in a commercial building. Specifically, Potter did not hire accredited asbestos workers and did not have a trained supervisor present at the worksite.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division.