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PLAIN, WI CONTRACTOR SETTLES STATE LAWSUIT OVER ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS

 

Edward Kraemer & Sons, inc. Ordered To Pay $100,000 In Penalties and Costs

 

MADISON - Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc., the prime contractor for a Department of Transportation (DOT) bridge project in Rock County, has been ordered to pay $100,000 to settle the Department of Justice's (DOJ) environmental enforcement action relating to the company's violations of state water pollution laws during construction work on the bridge project in 2005 and 2006.

 

Under Wisconsin law, Edward Kraemer & Sons was required to implement and maintain erosion control measures at the bridge project on Highway 140 over Turtle Creek in the Town of Bradford. According to the complaint, filed at the request of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Edward Kraemer & Sons failed to ensure that required erosion control measures were properly in place, to timely repair or replace erosion control measures, and to inspect erosion control measures. As a result, polluting sediment was discharged into Turtle Creek, which is an Exceptional Resource Water in Rock County.

 

"Wisconsin law requires that contractors properly manage construction sites to protect state waters from polluting runoff through proper erosion control measures," Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "These measures are particularly important at bridge projects. The DOJ will continue to work with the DNR and the DOT to ensure that Wisconsin's natural resources are protected through compliance with the law."

 

Assistant Attorney General JoAnne F. Kloppenburg prosecuted the case. Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Welker approved the settlement.