A contractor from Charleston, West Virginia has been sentenced to two years probation and will pay a fine for illegally dumping asbestos from buildings he demolished.
According to a Charleston Daily Mail article, Rodney Loftis Sr., president of Rodney Loftis & Son Contracting Inc., was sentenced Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court during a case brought against him by the state Department of Environmental Quality. The complaint was filed after Loftis violated two stop and desist orders concerning dumping at his Woodward Drive property in 2004 and 2006.
Judge Irene Berger told Loftis that his actions were “serious,” but she did not feel as if a prison sentence was necessary or appropriate. Instead, she sentenced him to two years probation and a $37,500 fine, in accordance with the recommendation made by assistant prosecutor Rob Schulenberg. Loftis could have been sentenced to up to four years in prison. He will also perform 100 hours of community service and pay a small monthly fee to cover the cost of his probation.
The contractor apologized to the court and deemed the situation “all a misunderstanding.”
“I’d like to apologize to the state and to anybody I’ve done any hurt to,” Loftis said. “I hate that it came to this. It was all a misunderstanding or we would not be here today.”
“I don’t want to go into detail, but it’s all going to be straightened up and it will all be over with,” he added.