Wis. AG goes after excavating company

Bryan Cohen Apr. 12, 2011, 1:49am

Van Hollen

MANITOWOC, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a civil environmental enforcement action on Monday against a Manitowoc, Wis., excavating company over allegations of solid waste violations.

A complaint against Karl Excavating Inc. by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources alleged that there had been 10 dump truck-sized loads of demolition material and bottom ash improperly stored at the business. Karl Excavating subsequently saw to the proper removal of the solid waste.

The complaint also says that Karl Excavating was operating a solid waste facility without a license and that it transported solid waste to an unauthorized site.

Karl Excavating has agreed to pay forfeitures, attorney fees and costs totaling $10,000 for the solid waste violations.

"Burning demolition debris can release toxic pollutants into the air creating a significant health risk and public nuisance," Van Hollen said.

"In addition, there is a risk for ground-water contamination when regulated solid wastes, such as demolition materials and boiler ash, are improperly disposed."

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