Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Judgment Requiring Marathon County Paving Company to Pay $6,500 in Forfeitures, Fees and Costs

Dec 1 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Judgment Requiring Marathon County Paving Company to Pay $6,500 in Forfeitures, Fees and Costs

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against RC Pavers, LLC requiring it to pay $6,500 in forfeitures, court costs, and surcharges for violations of Wisconsin’s air pollution control laws relating to the operation of a portable rock crusher owned by RC Pavers in Marathon County.

 

According to the complaint, between January 1, 2012 and April 15, 2013, RC Pavers did not have an air pollution control permit for the rock crusher.  During that time period, RC Pavers operated the crusher for a total of 92 hours without a permit.  RC Pavers also failed to comply with a requirement in its 2008, 2010 and 2013 air pollution control construction permits that it conduct particulate matter visual emissions testing within 180 days of the issuance of each 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).  Uncontrolled air emissions, even from small or infrequently used sources, 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. 

 

Subsequent to the DNR referring RC Pavers to the Department of Justice for prosecution, RC Pavers conducted the required particulate matter visual emissions testing and applied for a Wisconsin air pollution control general operation permit.  The DNR issued RC Pavers a general operation permit on October 22, 2014.

 

Assistant Attorney General Bradley J. Motl represented the State in this matter.  The stipulated judgment was approved by Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Gregory E. Grau on November 21, 2014.

 

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