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Dodge County Company Agrees To Pay $150,000 To Settle State Environmental Enforcement Lawsuit


MADISON - Under the terms of a stipulation and judgment settling a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, United Liquid Waste Recycling, Inc., of Clyman, Dodge County, has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle state claims under Wisconsin's environmental protection laws. The judgment resolves charges that United Liquid Waste Recycling failed to comply with certain requirements for handling liquid industrial and municipal wastes in Dodge and Columbia Counties from 2003 through 2007.


According to the complaint, filed at the request of the Department of Natural Resources, United Liquid Waste Recycling stores and processes liquid industrial and municipal wastes at its main facility in the Town of Clyman, Dodge County, and landspreads liquid industrial and municipal wastes at a variety of sites near its main facility in Clyman and elsewhere in Dodge and other counties.


"Wisconsin law requires that liquid industrial waste facilities comply with permits governing the storage and discharge of industrial wastes," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, whose office represented the state. "These requirements are designed to protect public health and state water resources."


These permits require industrial waste facilities to document all discharge and monitoring activity as well as record the number of acres landspread on daily log sheets and to keep the daily records for at least 3 years. These permits also impose setbacks, application rates and other limitations on landspreading, require soil testing for sites used for landspreading of municipal waste, and require representative sampling of the wastes that are landspread. In addition, industrial waste facilities are required by law to control air emissions so as not to result in objectionable odors.


Under the terms of the settlement United Liquid Waste Recycling, Inc. has agreed to pay $150,000 in penalties, costs, and fees, and take certain steps to minimize malodorous emissions.


Assistant Attorney General JoAnne F. Kloppenburg prosecuted the case. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Sarah O'Brien approved the settlement.