Ohio Attorney General fines firms for improper demo job

Investigation found hazardous materials at the property.

July 2, 2014
CDR Staff
Legislation & Regulations

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that the former land owners, business owner and construction company involved in the operation and the demolition of the now-defunct DLH Plating in Cleveland will pay $100,000 for past air pollution and hazardous waste violations.

“Although the environmental hazards created in this neighborhood have been addressed earlier, it was necessary to obtain a penalty for these defendants’ illegal conduct,” according to DeWine. “Those who violate Ohio’s environmental protection laws will face consequences for creating threats to the health of Ohioans.”

After DLH Plating LLC, a metal plating business, was closed Inspectors allegedly discovered hazardous waste, including cyanide, had been improperly stored and abandoned on the property, and some had been discharged into a public sewer. Inspectors also discovered that the business’ buildings had not been properly demolished, causing air pollution from the asbestos in those buildings.

On behalf of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the businesses and individuals involved in the demolition, including the land owners, Grand Avenue Realty Company Inc. and North Coast Developers Inc.; David Harper, the owner of DLH Plating; and Joe Haddad & Sons Construction Co. and Edward Haddad, Jr., the demolition construction company and its owner.

In the consent order, filed in June 2014, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas imposed civil penalties the defendants must pay for their violations. Grand Avenue Realty and North Coast Developers will pay $90,000, David Harper will pay $5,000, and Haddad Construction Co. and Edward J. Haddad, Jr. will pay $5,000.