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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against K&K Screw Products, LLC, and KKSP Precision Machining, LLC, requiring payment of $80,000 in forfeitures, court costs, and surcharges for violations of Wisconsin’s air pollution control laws and K&K's air pollution control permit at a Pleasant Prairie screw manufacturing facility that KKSP Precision Machining (KKSP) recently acquired from K&K Screw Products (K&K).
Wisconsin facilities that have the potential to emit elevated levels of air contaminants may be required to obtain an air pollution control permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Air pollution control regulations and permits minimize emissions by requiring pollution control equipment, preventative maintenance, and abatement plans to reduce accidental releases. The Pleasant Prairie facility is classified as a "major source" under Wisconsin's air pollution control laws because it is capable of emitting more than ten tons of methylene chloride, a federal hazardous air pollutant, per year.
According to the complaint filed by the Attorney General's office after a referral from the DNR, K&K failed to obtain a construction permit before commencing construction of its facility; it failed to obtain an operating permit prior to commencing operations at the facility; and it operated without a construction or operation permit in violation of Wisconsin law for at least 950 days. In addition, K&K failed to follow metal solvent cleaning requirements, failed to comply with reporting requirements, and failed to properly calculate its solvent usage.
The permitting violations occurred and were resolved while the facility was owned and operated by K&K. K&K promptly resolved most of its solvent cleaning issues, and KKSP will ensure that covers are installed on all parts washers by February 1, 2014.
Assistant Attorney General Diane L. Milligan represented the State. The settlement was approved by Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge David Bastianelli.
Copies of the Summons, Complaint, Judgment, and the Stipulation and Order for Judgment are available here.