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MADISON - Inter City Oil Co., a Minnesota firm, will pay penalties and costs totaling $20,000 for its violations of state hazardous substance spill remediation laws. The violations occurred at a gasoline filling station the company operates on Highway 53 and County Highway Y in the Village of Gordon, in Douglas County. The settlement was approved in Douglas County Circuit Court, according to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
According to the DOJ complaint, filed at the request of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Inter City Oil Co. failed to investigate and remediate soil contamination found when underground fuel storage tanks were removed at the station in 1999.
Wisconsin law requires that a person who possesses or controls a hazardous substance that is discharged, or who causes the discharge of a hazardous substance, take the actions necessary to restore the environment to the extent practicable. It also requires that in doing so he or she must minimize the harmful effects from the discharge to the air, lands, or waters of this state. Gasoline contains benzene, a known human carcinogen.
"Taking the appropriate clean up measures when contamination is discovered is required by Wisconsin law for the benefit of all of us," Van Hollen said. "The DNR is responsible for enforcing this law and, when appropriate, seeking the prosecution of violators with the representation of the Department of Justice."
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Inter City Oil Co. will clean up the site by October 1, 2007.
Assistant Attorney General Shari Eggleson represented the state.