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Suffolk Construction, Emerson College to pay $500k in penalties for alleged asbestos violations

Suffolk Construction Co. and Emerson College will each pay $250,000 in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of asbestos regulations that occurred during the renovation of a building to be used as a dormitory, the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Friday.

Suffolk and Emerson agreed to settle the case but denied all allegations of wrongdoing, according to Coakley’s press release.

In 2006, Emerson bought the 13-story Colonial Building at 100 Boylston St. in Boston and later hired Suffolk to renovate the building into a student dormitory for about $42 million, Coakley’s office said.

Coakley’s complaint alleged that demolition proceeded without proper asbestos containment measures.

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In a statement, Emerson said: “Emerson College did not knowingly violate any processes. We are very pleased that this matter has been settled to the satisfaction of all involved, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to contribute to the cultural and economic development of Boston, one the nation’s great cities.’’

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