1-15-18 green lake county foundry convicted of violating clean air act

A Berlin  foundry has been ordered to pay medical costs and a $200,000 fine after exposing workers to asbestos.   As part of a deal with federal prosecutors Grede LLC pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to violating the Clean Air Act.  The company acknowledged plant supervisors ordered workers to clean an asbestos-filled industrial oven in January 2012 without providing them adequate protective gear or following procedures for removing the cancer-causing material. Charges against the supervisors were dismissed as part of the plea deal.  Grede closesd its Berlin foundry in June 2015, laying off more than 100 workers.