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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Judgment Requiring Brown County Metal Salvage Facility Owner and Operator to Pay $20,000 in Forfeitures, Fees, and Costs

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against junk dealers Metals America, LLC, and Harvey E. Siegel requiring them to pay $20,000 in forfeitures, court costs, and mandatory surcharges for violations of Wisconsin laws regulating ozone-depleting refrigerants at Metals America’s Brown County metal salvage facility.


According to the complaint, from June 1, 2011 to September 8, 2011, Metals America and Siegel intentionally released ozone-depleting refrigerant gases into the atmosphere while dismantling refrigerant-bearing appliances such as freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners.  During this time, Metals America employees, at the direction of Siegel, cut the refrigerant lines on at least 145 refrigerant-bearing appliances. 


The release of refrigerants from improper handling of appliances causes the depletion of the ozone layer above the earth.  The depletion of the ozone layer leads to an increase in the amount of ultraviolet-B radiation that reaches the earth, resulting in an increase in skin cancer and other impacts such as damage to crops and aquatic phytoplankton. 


Assistant Attorneys General Steven E. Tinker and Bradley J. Motl represented the State.  The Stipulation and Order for Judgment was approved by Brown County Circuit Court Judge Kendall M. Kelley on July 29, 2014.


Copies of the Stipulation and Order for Judgment, Judgment, Summons and Complaint are available at the following links:


Stipulation and Order for Judgment, and Judgment

Summons and Complaint