Iowa Company Ordered to Pay for Asbestos Violation

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By Katie Stinson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A West Des Moines company has been ordered to pay $80,000 for violating state environmental laws when it demolished a Williamsburg truck stop.

Iowa District Court Judge Paul D. Miller assessed the civil penalty Monday against Jai Santoshi Ma Inc. and owner Bhupen Patel.

Attorney General Tom Miller said in an April petition that Patel and his business failed to inspect for asbestos when it arranged for the demolition of the former Middle America Truck Stop in May and June of 2012. Testing later showed the demolition waste included asbestos material.

The court ordered Patel and Jai Santoshi Ma to identify and properly dispose of all asbestos-contaminated soil at the site.

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