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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that his office has filed and settled an environmental enforcement lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against James J. Gauthier for violations of Wisconsin hazardous waste disposal laws related to his furniture refinishing operations in Waterloo.
The complaint alleged that Gauthier, beginning at least as early as 2005, without a permit or any other required authorization, unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste at 129 North Monroe Street in Waterloo, and generated and stored chemicals and waste at 333 Portland Avenue in Waterloo. Gauthier also owned land at 211 South Monroe Street that is contaminated by hazardous spills.
Under the settlement stipulation, which the court has now adopted as its judgment in this case, Gauthier has agreed to do the following:
"Wisconsin's laws on hazardous waste disposal are in place to protect our citizens and our natural resources," Van Hollen said. "I am pleased that the settlement in this case is aimed at achieving compliance with the law and protecting the public from hazardous waste."
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources investigated this case and referred it to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, asking that an environmental enforcement case be brought against Gauthier in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Philip Peterson represented the state. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge John M. Ullsvik approved the settlement.