Asbestos scare leads to arrest

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) -- A Sherman man was sentenced to three years behind bars for violating the Clean Air Act.

Joseph Chernis IV was charged for hiring an untrained individual to remove dry asbestos pipe insulation from the Pillsbury Mills facility in Springfield.

U.S. Attorney John Childress says the the cleanup efforts cost millions of dollars and the actions of Chernis endangered the health of others.


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