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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Judgment Requiring Price County Wood Processing Facility to Pay $17,500 in Forfeitures, Fees, and Costs

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against Johnson Timber Corporation, requiring the company to pay $17,500 in forfeitures, court costs, and surcharges for violations of its Wisconsin air pollution control permit and Wisconsin’s air pollution control laws at its Park Falls wood processing facility.


According to the complaint, Johnson Timber violated state regulations when an emissions stack test conducted in June 2010 showed that Johnson Timber exceeded its allowable hourly particulate matter emission rate. In addition, a June 2011 emissions stack test showed that Johnson Timber exceeded two of the particulate matter limitations contained in its air pollution control permit.


Wisconsin facilities that have the potential to emit elevated levels of particulate matter or other air contaminants may be required to obtain an air pollution control permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Air pollution control regulations and permits minimize emissions through emission limitations and requirements of control equipment, preventative maintenance, and abatement plans.  Uncontrolled air emissions can create a threat to both human health and the environment including the potential to impact the heart and lungs of humans, or impact areas of natural habitat.  Protection of Wisconsin’s natural environment is critical.


Johnson Timber has cooperated with the DNR to ensure future compliance with its air pollution control permit.  In response to the June 2010 exceedance, Johnson Timber curtailed production and replaced a high efficiency cyclone with an ultra high efficiency cyclone.  After the June 2011 exceedances, Johnson Timber curtailed production again and installed a baghouse.  An October 2011 emissions stack test showed that Johnson Timber was in compliance with its permit.


Assistant Attorney General Bradley J. Motl represented the State.  The Stipulation and Order for Judgment was approved by Price County Circuit Court Judge Douglas T. Fox.


Copies of the Civil Complaint, Judgment, and the Stipulation and Order for Judgment are available here