AG Van Hollen: Illinois company settles state lawsuit over air pollution violations for $55,000

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MADISON – Beneficial Reuse Management, LLC, which coordinates the reuse of industrial byproducts (foundry sand and coal ash) as fill material in construction projects in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states, has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle state claims under Wisconsin’s environmental protection laws. The judgment resolves charges that Beneficial Reuse Management violated state solid waste management laws and regulations at various sites in Wisconsin from 2008 to July 2010.

Beneficial Reuse Management locates project sites, and prepares and implements proposals and designs for project sites that require geotechnical fill, comprising foundry sand and coal ash from industrial partners, for the construction of agricultural and commercial buildings, vehicle and agricultural feed storage lots, manure lagoons, roads, sight and sound barriers, and reclamation of nonmetallic mines. Its projects are subject to notification, reporting and pollution prevention requirements set forth in state solid waste management laws and regulations.

According to the complaint, Beneficial Reuse Management violated solid waste management laws and regulations between 2008 and July 2010 at sites around the state by commencing projects without approved plans, using materials not included in approved plans, failing to conduct projects with proper oversight according to generally accepted engineering practices and so as to protect the environment, failing to follow conditions in approved plans designed to prevent pollution, and failing to prevent the spillage of industrial byproducts into the environment.

“Beneficial Reuse Management promptly took corrective action at its project sites to ensure compliance with state requirements designed to safeguard the public and the state’s natural resources,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “The Wisconsin Department of Justice will continue to work with the DNR to ensure that Wisconsin’s citizens and natural resources are protected through compliance with the law.”

Assistant Attorney General JoAnne F. Kloppenburg prosecuted the case. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Amy R. Smith approved the settlement.