An Idaho company has been fined for violating a federal environmental response law.
Boise-based Owyhee Construction Incorporated has sentenced to three years of probation, fined $100,000 and ordered to implement a compliance and ethics program, as well as pay restitution for failing to properly dispose of asbestos. Two of the company's employees were previously sentenced to prison terms for related offenses, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy Olsen.
Owyhee Construction successfully bid on a $3 million waterline renovation project in Orofino and had been warned it may encounter up to 5,000 linear feet of asbestos-laden pipe. An onside manager failed to supervise the renovation correctly and the asbestos pipes became fill material on 16 properties around Orofino.
The Environmental Protection Agency cleanup project cost approximately $3,980,000, and Owyhee Construction has been ordered to pay restitution to the EPA following the resolution of a civil suit currently underway.