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Wis. manufacturer settles air pollution allegations

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 27, 2014


MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Thursday that his office obtained a judgment against a Kenosha County manufacturing facility to resolve allegations it violated Wisconsin's air pollution control laws.

The judgment against K&K Screw Products LLC and KKSP Precision Machining LLC requires the companies to pay $80,000 in forfeitures, surcharges and costs for allegedly violating air pollution control laws at a Pleasant Prairie screw manufacturing facility that KKSP recently acquired from K&K.

Wisconsin facilities with the potential to emit elevated levels of air contaminants may be required to obtain an air pollution control permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The permits and air pollution control regulations minimize emissions through the use of preventative maintenance, abatement plans and pollution control equipment.

The Pleasant Prairie facility is considered a major source of air contaminants under state law because it can emit more than 10 tons of methylene chloride, a federal hazardous air pollutant, every year.

K&K allegedly failed to obtain a construction permit before starting construction, failed to obtain an operating permit before commencing operations, operated without a construction or operation permit for at least 950 days and failed to follow metal solvent cleaning and reporting requirements.

K&K resolved its permitting issues and most of its cleaning issues when it still owned and operated the facility. KKSP agreed to install covers on all parts washers by February 1.

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