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Two contractors accused of illegally dumping asbestos-contaminated debris

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The State Attorney General's office is charging two Buffalo area contractors for allegedly dumping tons of asbestos-contaminated debris in an abandoned warehouse. Robert Bishop of East Amherst and Salvatore Capizzi of Grand Island were arrested on felony charges that could send them to prison for seven years.

"People who try to cut corners by illegally dumping harmful materials like asbestos endanger the public and hurt the environment," said Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. "My office has no tolerance for polluters who fail to comply with the state's stringent hazardous waste disposal laws."

The asbestos was found inside an old warehouse on Leslie Street in Buffalo.

The site has been cleaned up at a cost of more than $137,000.