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Lawrence developer sentenced for disposing of asbestos

A Lawrence developer has been sentenced to three months imprisonment for disposing of asbestos in violation of the Clean Air Act.

Thomas Fritzel was also ordered to pay a $55,000 fine.

During trial, the government presented evidence that Fritzel violated federal laws for handling asbestos during demolition and renovations at the Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence.

The previous owners, who sold the club to Fritzel in January of 2016, had decided not to replace the roof because of the cost of abating the asbestos.

In October of 2016, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment told Fritzel to get a licensed asbestos contractor to remove asbestos from the site, and dispose of it properly.  About a week later, KDHE inspected the site, and determined asbestos debris had been removed and hauled to Hamm Landfill in Perry.  Hamm Landfill is not approved for asbestos disposal.

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