FULTON, NY – Edward Palmer, 47, of Phoenix pled guilty to one felony charge of violating the Clean Air Act by illegally removing asbestos from the former Nestle plant in Fulton.
Palmer is the current owner of the property.
The illegal removal of asbestos took place about a year ago and has “nothing to do with the building they’re tearing down now,” said Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward.
The entire Nestle complex is comprised of several buildings sitting on 17 acres.
Palmer has expressed interest to the city of Fulton to tear down other buildings.
In order to obtain the permits to do so he’d “have to prove to us he met the asbestos requirements,” said Woodward.
Palmer also owes $900,000 in back taxes to the city.
The foreclosure notice was posted on Wednesday, which means Palmer has 90 days to pay.
After those 90 days the complex would be signed over to the city of Fulton.
Mayor Woodward said the city hopes to sell the property to someone who’d develop it.
“People are interested in it,” said Woodward. “And have been right along.”