AG Van Hollen: Daniel Wolf ordered to pay $1,000 in forfeitures for spills law violations and ordered to reimburse DNR $40,668 for diesel spill clean-up

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GRANTON – Clark County Circuit Court Judge Jon M. Counsell has entered a default judgment against Granton resident Daniel Wolf finding him liable for violating Wisconsin’s hazardous substances spills law and ordering him to reimburse the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the costs it incurred responding to Wolf’s spill.

According to the Complaint filed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wolf was hired to do some excavating work at a rural Town of Grant, Clark County property. While at the property, he took it upon himself to dig up and remove a gasoline tank, a kerosene tank, and a diesel tank. The first two tanks were empty, but the diesel tank contained approximately 3,000 gallons of a diesel-water mixture. Wolf proceeded to roll the diesel tank across the ground until it was empty. He did not report the spill to the DNR, and he did not take steps to contain the spill, even after asked to do so by the DNR. The DNR contracted with private environmental firms to stabilize and clean up the spill. The clean-up cost Wisconsin taxpayers $40,688.22.

Mr. Wolf did not respond to the State’s Complaint, so the Court entered a default judgment against him.

“The Department of Justice will continue to work with the Department of Natural Resources to ensure that those responsible for spilling hazardous substances pay to clean up their spills,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Assistant Attorney General Diane Milligan prosecuted the case.