Wis. AG settles pollution charges

Bryan Cohen Jan. 23, 2012, 1:51pm

Van Hollen

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a settlement on Friday with a Jackson County man who allegedly violated state laws that prohibit the improper disposal of pollutants and discharging wastes without a permit.

The settlement of the environmental lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court resolves allegations against Scott I. Heller, doing business as Hwy. 54 Towing and Repair LLC.

The Department of Natural Resources inspected Hwy. 54 Towing and Repair, an automobile repair shop, on Aug. 14, 2006, by taking samples from the garage floor drain. After testing the samples, the DNR confirmed the presence of industrial type waste, including fuel oil, grease and oil.

These substances are all considered toxic pollutants. Heller allegedly discharged them despite not having a permit. Heller subsequently remedied the violations.

Under the terms of the settlement, Heller agreed to pay costs, penalties and surcharges for the two violations. The first violation of a "Failure to Make Required Waste Determination," was dismissed as part of the agreement, according to the judgment. Heller must make the first payment of $500 within 14 days of the judgment's entry.

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