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Rothschild Company Settles State Lawsuit Over Air Pollution Violations for $72,000


ROTHSCHILD - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that his office has settled a case with Foremost Farms USA Rothschild, a manufacturer of edible and pharmaceutical grade lactose.  The civil complaint, filed in Marathon County, alleges violations of Wisconsin's air pollution laws, specifically relating to air emissions in excess of air permit limitations from stationary sources of air pollution.


The defendant, Foremost Farms USA Rothschild, has agreed to pay $72,000 in forfeitures, statutory  surcharges, and costs.  The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  The settlement was approved by Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Patrick M. Brady.

"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."


Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Hirsch prosecuted the case.