Pueblo man convicted of asbestos pollution

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Thomas Tienda of Pueblo has been convicted of eight felonies related to the release of asbestos that occurred when he hired unlicensed individuals to demolish an asbestos-contaminated Pueblo home in May 2007.

The Attorney General’s office is reporting that Tienda hired homeless people, instead of properly licensed contractors. The demolition work, which also lacked the proper permit from the city of Pueblo, resulted in the release of asbestos into the air. Tienda was suspected of reusing some of the asbestos-contaminated materials form the demolition.

The AG’s office prosecuted the case in cooperation with the Pueblo District Attorney.

Tienda will be sentenced in November.