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City of De Pere Foundry Resolves Environmental Case With The Department Of Justice For $325,000


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that his office has settled an environmental case with The C. A. Lawton Co., formerly known as Bay Engineered Castings, Inc. in Brown County Circuit Court.


The amended complaint alleged a series of air pollution permit violations at the defendants' foundry in De Pere.  The violations included failing to conduct particulate matter, volatile organic compound (VOC) and visible emissions testing;  failing to meet required minimum stack heights; failing to control VOC, particulate matter and fugitive dust emissions as required by their air permits; and not submitting various required reports in a timely fashion.


Since the filing of this case and its settlement, Lawton has obtained amended air permits and come into substantial compliance with their requirements.   The settlement between the parties was approved by the Honorable Kendall M. Kelley, Brown County Circuit Court Judge on May 29, 2009 and provides that C.A. Lawton Co. will pay the State forfeiture and costs totaling $325,000 over a five year period.


"Wisconsin law requires that industrial facilities comply with permits designed to protect the public from harmful air emissions," 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."


The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Assistant Attorney General Steven Tinker prosecuted the case.