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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Judgment Requiring Douglas County Limestone Processing Facility to Pay $200,000 in Forfeitures, Fees, and Costs

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against Graymont (WI) LLC, a limestone processing facility in Superior, Wisconsin. The Douglas County Circuit Court judgment requires Graymont to pay $200,000 in forfeitures, mandatory court costs, and surcharges for violations of its Wisconsin air pollution control permits and Wisconsin's air pollution laws.

 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which issues air pollution control permits, the conditions in such permits protect public health by restricting emissions of chemicals that can affect respiratory health, particularly for people who are already sensitive to air pollution due to asthma, emphysema or other respiratory illnesses. Also, emissions of compounds such as sulfur and nitrogen dioxides contribute to acid rain, which can harm fish populations and have other harmful environmental effects. The permits contain both emission limitations, and emission testing requirements for sources to demonstrate compliance with those limitations.

 

According to the civil complaint, Graymont Western US Inc. acquired the company that directly owns and controls the Superior limestone processing facility on November 30, 2007, and ultimately changed the name of that company to Graymont (WI) LLC.

 

Graymont missed five of its required visible emissions tests between fall of 2004 and fall of 2006, and failed to timely report hydrogen chloride and carbon dioxide emissions between March 2005 and 2006. Graymont self-reported various violations of its air pollution control permits that occurred between 2005 and 2012 and failed various stack tests during the same time period. Specifically, Graymont fed limestone into a kiln at a rate greater than its permitted limit and exceeded sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter limitations at various kilns.

 

Assistant Attorneys General Bradley J. Motl and Cynthia R. Hirsch represented the State. Judge George Glonek of Douglas County Circuit Court signed the order on October 10, 2012.

 

Copies of the Civil Complaint, the Stipulation and Order for Judgment, and Judgment are available at the following links: