Demolition company owner admits violating Clean Water Act

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – The owner of a demolition company now admits he violated the Clean Water Act when his company tore down the former Dahlstrom industrial complex on Buffalo Street in Jamestown.

From January 2012 to November 2013, Lycoming Construction Services, LLC of Williamsport, Pa. worked to tear down a cluster of condemned buildings on either side of the Chadakoin River. Despite knowing a survey found buildings with asbestos inside, in February 2012, employees were sent in to remove the material without proper safety measures in violation of the Clean Air Act.

Now the company’s owner, 65-year-old Leo Williams, also admits violating the Clean Water Act. The complex was located on either side of the Chadakoin River, and during demotion, the water was contaminated by dust and debris.

When sentenced in August for violating the Clean Air Act, the company could be fined up to $500,000.

Williams will be sentenced in September for violating the Clean Water Act and could be sentenced to one year in prison, a fine of $25,000 per day for the violation, or both. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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