Wisconsin reaches environmental settlement

Keith Loria Feb. 22, 2011, 2:51pm

Van Hollen

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Friday that he has reached a $55,000 settlement with an Illinois company that allegedly violated environmental protection laws in Wisconsin.

From 2008 through July 2010, Beneficial Reuse Management LLC, which coordinates the reuse of industrial byproducts foundry sand and coal ash as fill material in construction projects, allegedly violated Wisconsin solid waste management laws and regulations at various sites by starting projects without the proper plans and by using unapproved materials.

The suit alleged that the company failed to conduct its projects with generally accepted engineering practices. It also alleedly failed to follow conditions in approved plans to protect the environment. This allegedly included practices to prevent pollution or the spillage of industrial byproducts into the environment.

"Beneficial Reuse Management promptly took corrective action at its project sites to ensure compliance with state requirements designed to safeguard the public and the state's natural resources," Van Hollen said. "The Wisconsin Department of Justice will continue to work with the DNR to ensure that Wisconsin's citizens and natural resources are protected through compliance with the law."

By state law, the company's projects are subject to notification, reporting and pollution prevention requirements set forth in solid waste management laws and regulations.

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