Last week, New London City Administrator Kent Hager reported that the charges filed by the state against the city for asbestos violations are dropped.
Hager shared the news in his memo to the mayor and common council.
The charges stemmed from clean-up operations several years ago, that the city was involved with on the former Simmons property at 613 Beacon Ave.
Previously the Department of Justice Office received a referral from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requesting that the city of New London and Superior Excavation of Hurley LLC., be charged with a series of civil asbestos violations, which occurred at the EJ Spirtas New London property (formerly Simmons).
On June 2, The DOJ office issued a letter to Bill Scott, the city’s attorney.
The letter from Assistant Attorney General Steven Tinker said, “Shortly after the referral, we reached an agreement that our office would hold off issuing a complaint to give the city an opportunity to clean up the asbestos contamination at the site.”
“We have reviewed the case against the city and in light of the city’s clean up and facts that you brought to our attention since the referral; we have decided not to issue civil asbestos violations against the City.” The letter went on to explain, “The DNR agrees with this decision.”