Two solid-waste-disposal companies based in New Jersey and five men were convicted of criminal conspiracy to dump large amounts of asbestos near the Mohawk River in New York, in violation of the Clean Water Act. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Benedict said the defendants used a fake permit to transport and dump millions of pounds of asbestos from demolished buildings -- enough to make a Superfund site. Children had unknowingly been riding bicycles through large piles of the material. The defendants could be responsible for paying cleanup costs, likely to total millions of dollars, Benedict said.
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