A developer agrees to pay record fine for mishandling asbestos.

Mesothelioma Cancer News (Des Moines, Iowa)– A financially straddled developer in Des Moines, Iowa is set to pay a huge fine for asbestos violations. As reported by The Des Moines Register, developer Bob Knapp agreed to pay a record fine of $500,000 for mishandling asbestos during renovation of the historic Equitable Building in Des Moines.

Attorney General Tom Miller is quoted in the report as stating of the fine, “This is the largest civil penalty by far in Iowa for asbestos violations… We alleged Equitable L.P. completely ignored asbestos-handling requirements during renovations from 2005 to 2007, until the Iowa DNR became involved.”

Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious conditions such as mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis. MesotheliomaCancerNews.com provides news and information on Des Moines asbestos injury attorneys and lawsuits, cancer news, and other resources online.

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