Owner of former Fulton Nestle Plant admits to illegal asbestos removal

The owner of the former Nestle Plant admits he engaged in illegal asbestos removal.

47-year-old Edward Palmer, of Phoenix, pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony violation of the Clean Air Act.

Palmer is the owner of Carbonsted, LLC, a company that owns the former Nestle Plant at 555 Fourth Street in Fulton.

Federal prosecutors say the plant contains pipes with more than 2,000 feet of friable asbestos insulation. They say Palmer engaged in asbestos renovation activities without filing a notification with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. They say he directed unlicensed workers to perform asbestos removal without wetting the asbestos and keeping it wet, and without properly disposing of the asbestos at a state-approved landfill.

Asbestos exposure has been determined to cause various forms of cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a nearly always deadly disease.

Palmer is scheduled to be sentenced in October. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

CNY Central spoke with Palmer three weeks ago about his plans for the building, which has been partly demolished. He told us heâ??s demolishing "better than half" of the former plant and plans to bring in a combination of residential and retail interests.