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MADISON - Charter Manufacturing, of Mequon, will pay penalties of $65,000 for its violations of state air pollution control laws under a settlement reached in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the Wisconsin Department of Justice brought the suit at the request of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over processes the company used at its Jackson Street plant to vent emissions.
"The DNR is charged with making sure the laws and regulations that protect our air are followed," Van Hollen said. "DOJ works with DNR to enforce the law and prosecute violators."
According to the complaint, Charter Manufacturing used a high-VOC (volatile organic compounds) rust inhibitor coating on the rolled steel products it manufactures. The company did this for ten years or more prior to October of 2006, in violation of state regulations which prohibit the use of such coatings.
The complaint also alleges that Charter was late submitting the required pollutant source operation permit to DNR. Further, in October of 2004, Charter modified three shot blast units at its Jackson Street plant to vent their emissions to the outside air without first obtaining the required permit from DNR for the modification.
Charter Manufacturing has corrected the violations. The settlement was approved by Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Michael J. Dwyer. Assistant Attorney General Shari Eggleson represented the state.