Anderson man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for exposing workers, public to asbestos

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SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — An Anderson man will spend more than three years in prison for demolishing a mill full of asbestos without properly protecting his workers or the people living in the area.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a press release that state health officials repeatedly told 37-year-old Scott Farmer that he had to stop the demolition work in the spring of 2013 and he ignored the orders.

Prosecutors say Farmer was demolishing the Haynsworth Mill and selling scrap metal from the building.

A judge sentenced Farmer on Thursday to 41 months in prison and three years of probation on a charge of knowing endangerment by release of asbestos.

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