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ROCK COUNTY WELL DRILLERS AGREE TO PAY RESTITUTION AND PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING STATE WELL DRILLING LAWS

 

MADISON - Govert Well & Pump, Inc., of Janesville, Wisconsin, together with its owners, Martin C. Govert and Andy L. Dunn, will pay a $100,000 judgment along with restitution to settle a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) in Rock County Circuit Court for violating Wisconsin well drilling laws and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rules.

 

The complaint, filed February 7, 2008, alleged that the defendants: failed to properly construct four wells in Rock County; failed to submit accurate well construction reports for these wells; submitted 836 falsified water samples for newly constructed wells; and filed 257 water sample reports and 806 well construction reports late. The alleged violations occurred since 2001.

 

The defendants cooperated with the DOJ and the DNR to resolve the violations alleged in the complaint. In addition to paying forfeitures and costs, the defendants will notify the DNR of all future well drilling locations, correct four wells, resample or provide $50 to each well owner for each unsampled well for the 836 falsified water samples and correct newly discovered wells where code violations exist.

 

In announcing the judgment, Van Hollen stressed the need for the drillers of water wells in Wisconsin to obey the law. "The Department of Justice will continue to work with the Department of Natural Resources to ensure compliance with environmental laws," Van Hollen said.

 

DOJ filed the lawsuit at the request of DNR. Rock County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Forbeck approved the parties' settlement. Assistant Attorney General Mary Batt represented the State of Wisconsin.