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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that his office has obtained a judgment against Luige's Frozen Pizza, Inc. of Sheboygan County. The operator of a frozen pizza assembly and packaging plant in rural Belgium is the defendant in a civil complaint filed in January of 2012, alleging violations of Wisconsin's waste water and pollution discharge laws.
Specifically, Luige's is accused of failing to file reports with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that would have recorded and monitored a pond at its facility that was permitted to receive industrial waste from the manufacturing facility. The judgment, reached through litigation and subsequent agreement of the parties and approval of the court, requires Luige's to pay $17,000 in forfeitures and penalties. In addition, Luige's is ordered to complete, under the DNR's supervision, various requirements designed to determine whether there are pollutants in the pond that are seeping into the groundwater.
“Wastewater permits designed to prevent groundwater pollution are an important safeguard to insure against contamination of our valuable natural resources. Such permits must be adhered to, and violations will be enforced,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
Assistant Attorney General Cynthia R. Hirsch represents the state. The court order was signed on May 1, 2014, by Judge Edward Stengel of Sheboygan County Circuit Court.
A copy of the Stipulated Agreement and Order is available here.