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MADISON - The state has settled a lawsuit against Badger Corrugating Company ("Badger") of LaCrosse for violations of the state's air pollution control and hazardous waste management laws. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed and settled the case following an investigation by Wisconsin the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
According to the complaint, filed at the request of the DNR, the defendants' millwork finishing operations generate hazardous wastes including paint wastes, spent solvents, spray booth filters, and distillation still bottoms. The complaint alleges that Badger violated a number of hazardous waste management requirements, e.g., it failed to conduct the required waste characterization analyses, failed to maintain records of the quantities of hazardous wastes it generated, failed to label containers and store the hazardous wastes properly, failed to properly store and manage fluorescent light tubes, and failed to follow emergency preparedness requirements.
The complaint also alleges that although Badger was required to have an air pollution source permit to construct and operate its millwork facility, which it constructed or modified in 1999, it did not apply for the required permits until 2006, and therefore operated in violation for a number of years.
"The law requires that hazardous waste generators properly manage the wastes they produce, and also requires that industries emitting air pollutants obtain the necessary permits from DNR before commencing construction or operation" Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "The DNR and the DOJ will continue to work together to enforce the laws designed to protect our environment and public health."
Under the terms and stipulations of the settlement agreement, the defendant will pay penalties, fees, and costs totaling $265,000 for the violations.
The settlement was approved by LaCrosse County Circuit Court Judge Scott L. Horne. Assistant Attorney General Shari Eggleson represented the state.