Van Hollen, 3M settle

Van Hollen

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Tuesday that he has filed settled with an industrial facility over alleged state air pollution law violations.

3M Company allegedly modified a stationary air pollution source without obtaining the correct construction permit and failed to carryout a proper malfunction prevention and abatement plan in connection with its coiled web maker.

"Wisconsin law requires that industrial facilities comply with permits designed to protect the public from harmful air emissions," Van Hollen said.

"The Wisconsin Department of Justice will continue to work with the (Division of Natural Resources) to ensure that Wisconsin's citizens and natural resources are protected through compliance with the law."

The settlement forces 3M to pay forfeitures and penalties in the amount of $150,000. The company must also finish two supplemental environmental projects by June 30 to reduce the facility's annual CO2 emissions. Those projects are valued at $200,000.

The violations allegedly happened at 3M's Prairie du Chien facility between 2004-2009. The company is currently in compliance with its air pollution permit at the facility.

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