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      Feds charge asbestos released onto SC beach

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A Little River man and his company have been indicted for violating the federal Clean Air Act for allegedly releasing asbestos during a condominium renovation in Myrtle Beach.

      The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that the indictment accuses David Braswell and Cool Cote LLC of blowing friable asbestos on to the beach, the building's parking lot and landscaped areas while renovating a beachfront condominium tower in 2009. Friable asbestos is any material that readily releases asbestos fibers when damaged or disturbed.

      Braswell has pleaded innocent to various charges and is free on bond. His attorney, Greg Harris, declined to comment.

      The federal indictment alleges that Braswell started renovation work without an asbestos inspection or filing a written notice with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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