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Milk Specialties Ordered to Pay Fines for Polluting Water
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/31/2008

A Sheboygan County whey processing plant has agreed to pay $75,000 in fines and penalties after violating the limits and restrictions in its wastewater discharge permit. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Milk Specialties Company allowed pollutant discharges to the Adell Branch of the North Branch of the Milwaukee River over a six-day period in July 2007. The complaint charges that the company had turned off the alarm system which would have notified it of the problem, and that its response to the upset was untimely and inadequate, exacerbating the adverse impacts of the spill.

In addition to the fines, the company also agreed to make a $50,000 contribution to the Glacial Lakes Conservancy to be used for water quality improvement projects in the Milwaukee River-North Branch watershed--such as stream bank buffers, conservation easements, or wetland restoration. And they agreed to submit a wastewater treatment capacity assessment to Department of Natural Resources and accept DNR's proposed modifications to the company's WPDES permit.

"The state's permitting process is designed to protect Wisconsin's environment while enabling individuals to conduct lawful enterprises," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "We will continue to work with the DNR to make sure that Wisconsin's environmental laws are followed."

Assistant Attorney General Shari Eggleson prosecuted the case. The settlement was approved by Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge L. Edward Stengel.

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