The Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin reports that the Republic Services of Wisconsin has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle state claims under Wisconsin’s air pollution and solid waste management laws. The company is accused of violations at the Kestrel Hawk Landfill in Racine and the Mallard Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility in Delavan.
According to the complaint, at the Kestrel Hawk and Mallard Ridge facilities in 2008 and 2009, Republic Services violated the facilities’ air pollution control permits when it vented landfill gas when a flame was not present and failed to shut down valves within one hour resulting in the release of uncontrolled landfill gas emissions to the atmosphere, failed timely to notify the Department of Natural Resources of the flame outages, and failed to keep the gas system running smoothly and effectively.
At the Kestrel Hawk facility in 2008, Republic Services also violated the facility’s landfill plan of operation when it failed to seed the intermediate cover, failed to clean and maintain storm water drainage ditches and structures, and failed to properly train landfill personnel conducting load inspections. In 2004, Republic Services had settled another environmental lawsuit with the state for $475,000, the state said.
We will be monitoring this story for developments. While I do not currently represent anyone impacted by the Kestrel Hawk and Mallard Ridge facilities, I do represent hundreds of similarly situated people around the country in various landfill litigation and I am licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.