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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has obtained a judgment in an environmental lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. The State of Wisconsin brought this case against Fadil Becirovski for violations of state environmental laws requiring him to test and restore the environment after petroleum was discharged during the removal of an underground gasoline storage tank on Becirovski's property. The laws are designed to protect the waters of the state from harm due to contamination from such liquids.
After soil testing revealed contamination, the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) investigated Becirovski, who refused to cooperate with DSPS and remedy the violations. The violations then were referred to the DOJ, and Becirovski again refused to cooperate. After litigation commenced, Becirovski agreed to hire an environmental consultant, test the site and remedy any residual contamination. Becirovski agreed to pay forfeitures, costs and surcharges totaling $5,000.00.
According to DSPS, because the degree and extent of contamination is unknown, it is important to have the site tested and any contamination removed. Soil contaminated with petroleum products contaminates groundwater flowing through it, and can emit petroleum vapors that seep into nearby basements.
Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Mary Batt represented the state. Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Richard J. Sankovitz approved the settlement.