BERLIN, Wis. (WBAY) - The corporate owner of a now-closed Berlin plant pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and agreed to pay a $200,000 fine.
The US Justice Department says in 2012, plant management ordered employees to remove insulation that contained asbestos without providing proper safety equipment. The foundry closed in 2015. A federal grand jury indicted Grede and three current and former executives last March.
Those workers reportedly didn't know they were handling asbestos, which is known to cause a number of lung diseases and an increased risk of cancer.
The foundry closed in 2015.
Under a plea agreement, the corporation acknowledged criminal negligence and paid the maximum fine.
It also agreed to provide the eleven workers more than $340,000 for future medical costs to monitor them for mesothelioma and other lung conditions.