Asbestos company owner turns himself in

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who failed to appear for sentencing last week in a federal asbestos pollution case turned himself in Wednesday to authorities at the Federal Building in Anchorage.

Rick Rushing was jailed and will be sentenced Friday. He faces up to five years in prison and $500,000 in fines, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Burgess said.

Rushing is owner of Technic Services Inc., an Anchorage asbestos removal company. He was convicted of knowingly exposing workers to high levels of the carcinogenic substance and also improperly disposing of asbestos on a job in Sitka in 1996.

In addition, a jury found Rushing guilty of obstructing the EPA's investigation of Technic Service's removal of asbestos at the Alaska Pulp Co.

U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland issued a warrant for Rushing Friday after Rushing failed to appear for sentencing.

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