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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Settlement in Rusk County Wetlands Violations Case


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that his office has settled a case with Gerald O'Driscoll involving the illegal fill of a wetland lakebed on O'Driscoll's Lake Pulaski property. 


In the complaint filed in the Rusk County Circuit Court on July 11, 2008, the Department of Justice alleged that O'Driscoll violated state water pollution laws by placing fill, sand, and yard waste on the bed of a navigable water, Lake Pulaski, and by discharging into the shoreline wetland on his Rusk County lake property. 


Mr. O'Driscoll agreed to and has accomplished removal of the illegal fill.  In addition, he is ordered to pay forfeitures and penalties totaling $5,000.


"The law is clear. Those wishing to fill lakebeds and wetlands must seek a permit from the Department of Natural Resources," said Van Hollen. "This process ensures the state's waters are protected, for the benefit of Wisconsin citizens and the environment."


Assistant Attorney General Cynthia R. Hirsch prosecuted the case.  The settlement was approved by Rusk County Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Henderson.