ATTORNEY GENERAL J.B. VAN HOLLEN ANNOUNCES JUDGMENT REQUIRING THE OWNER OF A FORMER GRANT COUNTY GAS STATION TO COMPLETE AN ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION AND PAY $7,560.00 IN FORFEITURES, FEES, AND COSTS

Dec 1 2014
ATTORNEY GENERAL J.B. VAN HOLLEN ANNOUNCES JUDGMENT REQUIRING THE OWNER OF A FORMER GRANT COUNTY GAS STATION TO COMPLETE AN ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION AND PAY $7,560.00 IN FORFEITURES, FEES, AND COSTS

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against Illinois resident William Davis requiring Davis to complete an environmental restoration and pay $7,560.00 in forfeitures, court costs, surcharges, and attorney fees for violations of the state’s spills law that resulted from Mr. Davis’s failure to investigate and remediate petroleum contamination at a former Grant County gas station. 

 

According to the Complaint, Mr. Davis owns a property that was previously used as a gas station.  In October 2000, four underground petroleum storage tanks were removed from the site.  Soil samples taken at that time showed significant soil contamination.  On January 23, 2001, the Department of Natural Resources issued Mr. Davis a responsible party letter stating that he is responsible for restoring the environment at the property.  Since then, the DNR has repeatedly attempted to get Mr. Davis to investigate and remediate the petroleum contamination with no success.  As a result, the DNR referred the matter to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which prompted Mr. Davis to sign an agent contract with a qualified environmental consultant for the purpose of completing an environmental restoration of the site.

 

Wisconsin’s spills law requires that persons who possess or control hazardous substances discharged to the environment take responsibility for the discharge and take actions necessary to restore the environment to the extent practicable and to minimize the harmful effects from the discharge to the air, lands, or waters of the state. The Department of Justice will continue to work with DNR to ensure that responsible parties fulfill their obligations under the law.

 

In addition to the monetary judgment, Mr. Davis is required to complete an environmental restoration of the site, which includes:  conducting a complete site investigation to determine the extent of the environmental contamination, remediating the site by removing and properly disposing of the contaminated soil, conducting soil and groundwater monitoring, and obtaining case closure from the DNR.

 

Assistant Attorney General Bradley J. Motl represented the State.  The Judgment was signed by Grant County Circuit Court Judge Robert P. VanDeHey on November 25, 2014.

 

Copies of the Summons and Complaint, Order for Default Judgment, and Default Judgment are available here.