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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has obtained a judgment in an environmental lawsuit in Kenosha County Circuit Court. The State of Wisconsin brought this case against Sani 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 the "Hwy 50 Citgo" at 5616 75th Street in Kenosha. The laws are designed to protect the waters of the state from harm due to contamination from such liquids.
Sani Enterprises Inc. 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). Sani Enterprises LLC then cooperated with the DOJ and brought the tanks into compliance. Sani 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. Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder 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