- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - A Little River man has been sentenced to six months in prison after prosecutors said he allowed cancer-causing asbestos to blow onto the beach while his company renovated an oceanfront condominium.

Prosecutors said Thursday that David Braswell violated the U.S. Clean Water Act.

Braswell also was ordered to serve six months of home confinement and three years of probation after he is released from prison. He also must pay a $10,000 fine.

Braswell’s company, Cool Cote LLC, was hired to remove and replace siding at the Regency Towers in Myrtle Beach in 2009. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim May says charges were dropped against Cool Cote because the company no longer exists.

Prosecutors say Braswell started renovation work at Regency Towers without conducting an asbestos inspection.

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