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Karl Excavating, Inc. Settles With the State for $10,000 For Solid Waste Violations


MANITOWOC - A civil environmental enforcement action against Karl Excavating, Inc. (Karl) of Manitowoc arising from solid waste violations has been resolved, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today. 


During a May 2010 inspection, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) found approximately ten dump truck sized loads of demolition material and bottom ash improperly stored at the business.  Karl subsequently properly removed the solid waste.  The complaint alleges operating a solid waste facility without a license and transporting solid waste to an unauthorized site.  Karl has agreed to pay forfeitures, costs and attorney fees totaling $10,000 for the solid waste violations. 


This settlement was approved by the Honorable Jerome L. Fox, Manitowoc County Circuit Court Judge, on April 7, 2011. 


Van Hollen stated, "Burning demolition debris can release toxic pollutants into the air creating a significant health risk and public nuisance.  In addition, there is a risk for ground-water contamination when regulated solid wastes, such as demolition materials and boiler ash, are improperly disposed."


The violations were investigated by the DNR, who referred the matter to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Assistant Attorney General Steven Tinker represented the State.