Former Buffalo inspectors admit to polluting the air

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two former building inspectors for the City of Buffalo have pleaded guilty to polluting the air with asbestos.

William Manuszewski, 59, and Donald Grzebielucha, also 59, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to a negligent endangerment charge under the Clean Air Act.

Federal prosecutors say both men negligently allowed asbestos to be released in the air while inspecting buildings at Kensington Towers.

The defendants also admitted they were negligent in relying on previous air monitoring reports prepared by employees of JMD Environmental, Inc. that indicated all asbestos had been removed from the buildings.

Manuszewski and Grzebielucha are the seventh and eighth defendants to plead guilty as part of the Kensington Towers asbestos abatement project.

Both men face up to one year in prison when they are sentenced August 18.

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