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GREEN BAY - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has gotten a default judgment in an environmental lawsuit in Brown County Circuit Court. The State of Wisconsin brought this case against Greg Ness, Inc. for violations of state laws regulating the maintenance of underground gasoline storage tanks to protect the waters of the state from harm due to contamination from such liquids.
The Department of Commerce investigated Greg Ness, Inc., 975 West Mason Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Commerce found several violations regarding Greg Ness, Inc.'s storage and maintenance of those tanks and ordered them permanently closed and removed from the ground. On June 10, 2009, after referral to the Department of Justice, the tanks were ordered to be removed and Greg Ness, Inc. was assessed forfeitures, costs and surcharges totaling $6,539.20 for these violations.
"The Department of Justice will continue to work with the Department of Commerce to ensure Commerce's Orders are followed and non-conforming underground storage tanks are removed," said Van Hollen.
Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Mary Batt represented the state. Brown County Circuit Court Judge John D. McKay imposed the penalties.