Drum company paying $81K in Wisconsin

Bryan Cohen Sep. 13, 2011, 1:25pm

Van Hollen

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a judgment on Monday against a Milwaukee County, Wis., drum reclamation facility for alleged violations of state air pollution laws in 2008.

Mid-America Steel Drum Co. Inc., which owns and operates a drum reclamation facility in Oak Creek, Wis., will pay $81,000 for allegedly operating in violation of its permits and state air pollution statutes. Under state law, the company is required to obtain and follow operation and construction permits that control the emissions of air contaminants, including volatile organic compounds from the facility.

Mid-America Steel Drum Co. Inc., allegedly exceeded the VOC content of the coatings that it applies to the exterior and interior surfaces of the drums, resulting in approximately 500 pounds of excess VOC emissions from July to October 2008. In addition, the company allegedly operated without a permit after failing to submit a timely operation permit renewal application in 2008.

"It is important that businesses manage their operations to ensure compliance with permit requirements designed to protect the public from harmful air emissions," Van Hollen said.

"The Wisconsin Department of Justice will continue to work with the DNR to ensure Wisconsin's citizens and natural resources are protected through compliance."

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