Grede LLC pays fine for exposing Berlin foundry workers to asbestos

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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.

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