Ohio AG announces injunction against owners of Marion industrial site

By Bryan Cohen | Nov 18, 2013

MARION, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced an injunction Friday against the owners of a former Marion industrial site to order the proper removal of asbestos-containing materials.

Marion County Judge James Slagle granted DeWine's request for the preliminary injunction against 333 Joseph LLC, Stanley Rosenfeld and Eric Keith to properly remove the materials at 333 Joseph Street in Marion, a former industrial site. In July, DeWine's office, representing the Ohio EPA, filed a lawsuit against the site's owners and a contractor involved with the demolition of multiple buildings at the site. The lawsuit alleged the defendants engaged in multiple violations of Ohio's nuisance and environmental laws.

The defendants allegedly failed to comply with Ohio EPA orders and failed to properly dispose of asbestos-containing material.

"It's very important for asbestos to be managed and removed properly," DeWine said. "We are pleased with the judge's decision because of the proximity of this asbestos to children and other area residents."

The order requires 333 Joseph, Rosenfeld and Keith to properly remove all asbestos-containing materials at the 333 Joseph Street site by March 1 and to prevent the public from accessing the site during the removal process.

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