Wis. AG reaches $60K settlement

Bryan Cohen Jan. 2, 2012, 1:00pm

Van Hollen

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Friday that his office has reached a $60,000 settlement with an Oconomowoc business to resolve alleged environmental violations.

Wismarq Corporation allegedly made a series of air pollution permit violations at its metal coating facility in Oconomowoc. The settlement was approved on Thursday by Ralph M. Ramirez, a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge. Under the terms of the settlement, Wismarq will pay the state costs and forfeitures totaling $60,000 and will implement an environmental management plan no later than Oct. 31.

Wismarq allegedly failed to conduct emissions tests, failed to submit semi-annual compliance reports, failed to meet record-keeping requirements and failed to submit annual compliance certifications.

"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 Department of Natural Resources to ensure Wisconsin's citizens and natural resources are protected through compliance."

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