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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against Opelt Sand & Gravel, LLC, a company that operates non-metallic mines in and around Neillsville, Wisconsin, in Clark County. The civil complaint states that Opelt has operated without stormwater discharge permits, a potential threat to the Black River, although no known discharges have occurred in recent years. The company has agreed to pay forfeitures and penalties of $30,000. In recent months, the company has worked with the Department of Natural Resources to bring its non-metallic mining sites into compliance with Wisconsin laws. All sites now have stormwater discharge permits and are managing the discharges in a way that does not threaten local natural resources.
This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Cynthia R. Hirsch. The settlement was approved by Judge Jon M. Counsell of Clark County on September 4, 2013.
A copy of the Summons and Complaint, Stipulation and Order for Judgment and Judgment is available here.