Media Center

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Environmental Enforcement Settlement Against A Jackson County Asphalt Plant


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has settled an environmental enforcement case against a Jackson County asphalt plant for violations of state air pollution and hazardous substance discharge remediation laws.


According to the complaint, filed by DOJ at the request of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Superior Asphalt failed to properly manage petroleum products at its plant, resulting in spills at the site which it failed to investigate and clean up, as required by state law. The complaint also states that Superior Asphalt failed to conduct a required stack test of the plant's air pollution emissions in 2003, and when it finally conducted the test in 2005, the company failed to provide the results and other mandatory monitoring reports to DNR, as required by its permit.


"It is a legal imperative that companies properly manage hazardous substances and minimize any harmful effects from hazardous substance discharges," Van Hollen said. "Further, the law requires that entities emitting air contaminants obtain the appropriate permit from DNR and operate within that permit's parameters. DOJ will continue to work with DNR to ensure that Wisconsin's environmental laws and regulations are complied with."


Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Superior Asphalt will take the actions necessary to investigate and remediate the petroleum contamination at its property and submit to DNR any required pollution monitoring records that it has not already submitted. It will also pay penalties of $7,500 for its past violations.


Assistant Attorney General Shari Eggleson represented the State. The settlement was approved by Jackson County Circuit Judge Gerald W. Laabs.