Owner of former Fulton Nestle Plant sentenced to home confinement for illegal removal of asbestos

A Phoenix man will spend time on home confinement for illegally removing and disposing of asbestos.

47-year-old Edward Palmer was sentenced to six months of home detention as part of a two-year probation term. He will also have to pay a $25,000 fee and perform 50 hours of community service.

Palmer is the owner of Carbonsted, LLC, a company that owns the former Nestle Plant in Fulton. The plant contains pipes with more than two thousand of feet of friable asbestos insulation.

Palmer admits he engaged in asbestos renovation activities without filing a notification with the EPA. He directed unlicensed individuals 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 fatal disease. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.