For Immediate Release
June 23, 2009
Attorney Daniel J. Licata
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte and Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Hubbard of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division announce that, on June 22, 2009, the Cheshire County Grand Jury returned two indictments against Lourdes Ramirez-Crusellas of Keene, NH for violations of New Hampshire's Asbestos Control and Management laws. The indictments relate to the State's allegations that Ms. Ramirez-Crusellas illegally disposed of asbestos containing waste material from a renovation project at her residence in Keene. Each indictment charges Ms. Ramirez-Crusellas with a Class B felony. The indictments are the result of a cooperative investigation involving the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division, the Keene Police Department and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
"The improper disposal of asbestos creates a significant health risk to the people who live or work in the immediate area of the disposal. Strict enforcement of the laws regulating the safe handling of asbestos is necessary to protect the residents of our state," said Attorney General Ayotte.
Ms. Ramirez-Crusellas's arraignment is scheduled for July 1, 2009 at the Cheshire County Superior Court.
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