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Wisconsin Department of Justice Obtains Judgment in Jefferson County Environmental Case

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has obtained a judgment in an environmental lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court. The State of Wisconsin brought this case against Wisam L. Asad and Wisam Enterprises, LLC for violations of state environmental laws regulating the maintenance of underground tanks for storage, handling or use of flammable or combustible liquids and the proper abandonment of unused tanks. The tanks are located on property known as Jefferson Mobil at 352 East Racine Street in Jefferson. The laws are designed to protect the waters of the state from harm due to contamination from such liquids.

 

Wisam L. Asad and Wisam Enterprises, LLC did not bring its storage tanks into compliance until after the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) referred the violations to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Wisam L. Asad and Wisam Enterprises, LLC then cooperated with the DOJ and brought the tanks into compliance. Wisam L. Asad and Wisam Enterprises, LLC agreed to pay forfeitures, costs and surcharges totaling $5,000.00.

 

According to DSPS, it is important to have the tanks in compliance with the code because soil contaminated with petroleum products contaminates groundwater flowing through it, and can emit petroleum vapors that seep into nearby basements.

 

Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Mary Batt represented the state. Jefferson County Circuit Court William F. Hue approved the settlement.

 

Copies of the Stipulation and Order for Judgment, and Judgment are available at the following link: Stipulation and Order for Judgment, and Judgment