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Group Accused of Releasing Asbestos at Midvale Restaurant

Group Accused of Releasing Asbestos at Midvale Restaurant

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A restaurant group accused of negligently releasing asbestos into the air at Marie Callender's in Midvale has pleaded guilty.

Wilshire Restaurant Group, based in California, admitted to a violation of the Clean Air Act during a 1999 repair of a roof at the Midvale business.

Wilshire officials said the employees who obtained and reviewed bids to fix the roof of the restaurant failed to tell the winning roofer that the job included the removal of asbestos felt.

As part of a plea agreement, the U-S Attorney's Office said Wilshire will have to pay a fine of 50-thousand dollars. The group will also have to make a 50-thousand dollar contribution to the Western States Project to help provide environmental-enforcement.

Sentencing is set for September 7th.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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