Owner of Anchorage asbestos removal company turns himself in

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of an Anchorage asbestos removal company who failed to appear for sentencing in a federal pollution case last week has turned himself in.

Rick Rushing turned himself in to authorities at the federal building in Anchorage Wednesday. He was jailed and will be sentenced Friday.

Rushing faces up to five years in prison and half a million dollars in fines for his conviction on charges of knowingly exposing workers to high levels of asbestos at a jobsite in Sitka. Asbestos is known to cause cancer and other diseases.

A warrant was issued for Rushing last week when he failed to show up for his sentencing.

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