Contractor cited for improper asbestos handling

Bryan Cohen Nov. 28, 2011, 1:22pm

Van Hollen

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced an order on Wednesday against an Oshkosh-based development company and a contractor for alleged violations of state laws regarding the proper handling of asbestos.

Circuit Court Judge Richard Nuss ordered Rolling Meadows Development LLC and Brian Fuchs to pay $50,000 in forfeitures and costs for the alleged violations. Fuchs has also done business as Vanguard Contracting.

According to the complaint, which was filed at the request of the Department of Natural Resources, Rolling Meadows Development LLC and Brian Fuchs allegedly committed a series of asbestos violations during the renovation of a former residence care facility into a hotel and conference center located at 1155 South Military Road in Fond du Lac. Rolling Meadows owned the property and hired Fuchs to renovate the site.

The DNR alleged that between November 18, 2009, and April 9, 2010, Fuchs and his employees, as part of the site's renovation, demolished interior walls and disturbed asbestos-containing material at the site. The renovators allegedly neglected to wet the materials and did not have certified asbestos workers on hand as required by Wisconsin law.

In addition, the DNR allegedly did not receive the required notification of asbestos disturbing activity at the site prior to it occurring. The asbestos at the Fond du Lac site was subsequently properly remediated and disposed of.

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