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Janesville contractor ordered to pay $25,000

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Gazette staff
September 21, 2011
— Janesville contractor J.P. Cullen & Sons will pay $25,000 for violating asbestos laws while renovating City Hall in 2005.

When the city awarded the general contract to J.P. Cullen, the city identified asbestos in some areas but not in ceiling tiles, according to a Tuesday news release from the office of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.


A plaster ceiling in the first floor of the city building at 18 N. Jackson St. tested positive for asbestos after J.P. Cullen workers tore it down, according to the release.


Because the asbestos was not identified, the contractor failed to meet asbestos abatement requirements including notifying the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources before starting work and using proper asbestos abatement procedures, according to the news release.


Once workers found the asbestos, renovation stopped, and the site was properly abated, according to the release.


The $25,000 includes an $18,155 fine as well as penalty and environmental surcharges and court costs.


The renovation took place after the city moved its police department out of the first floor of City Hall and into the then newly constructed, $4.67 million building across Wall Street.



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