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Chico man charged with unlawful dumping of asbestos

Butte County D.A. Mike Ramsey is pressing criminal charges to a man after an investigation reporting unlawful dumping of asbestos near a Chico waterway.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 7:06 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 10:51 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says 70-year-old Richard Parks, dumped several bags of asbestos on his property on the 3400 Block of Keefer Road in Chico.

Ramsey says back in February, after getting a call from a concerned citizen, a fish and wildlife warden reported seeing Parks dumping bags labeled "asbestos" into a hole on his property.

Fish and Wildlife teamed up with the Department of Toxic Substances Control to investigate.

They say they found multiple bags buried in a hole on Parks's property and quickly quarantined the area.

We checked with the World Health Organization, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

They all say asbestos is a carcinogen which means it can cause cancer if you're exposed.

The DTSC recently told Action News Now that the asbestos they found has been covered and the site is stabilized preventing the release of asbestos.

Ramsey says during the investigation they found a second site on his property where he had dumped asbestos several years ago.

Parks has been cooperative with authorities but faces up to four years in prison and significant environmental fines, if convicted.

Parks will appear in Butte County Superior Court on Sep. 3.

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