Man Gets Jail Time for Asbestos Violations

A Jefferson, Wisconsin man was sentenced to 20 days in jail last week for failing to remove asbestos from several buildings he owned before he had them demolished.

According to an article in the Watertown Daily Times, Brian S. Johnson was sentenced to 20 days in jail after Judge Jackie Rohloff Erwin accepted a plea agreement in a Jefferson County Circuit Court.

The article notes that Johnson purchased the old Jefferson County farm and nursing home from the county in March 2005. He hired contractors to renovate, demolish, and burn buildings on the site. However, several agricultural buildings were demolished without first removing asbestos from the structures. Johnson then burned the buildings, a move that was also in violation of Wisconsin’s asbestos and burning regulations.

The violations were detected by the Watertown Health inspector performing asbestos inspections for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

After the violations occurred, Johnson lost the property to foreclosure. The new buyer is now responsible for the clean-up and is currently tending to that task.

The violations were detected by the Watertown Health inspector performing asbestos inspections for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the article notes.

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