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St. Francis company settles air pollution lawsuit

Tom Kertscher

April 13, 2010

One week after a lawsuit was filed, a St. Francis company has agreed to pay $220,000 to settle allegations that it failed to properly control and monitor air emissions, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Tuesday.

The settlement was approved Tuesday in a lawsuit filed April 7 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, court records show.

According to a statement from Van Hollen, Kitzinger Cooperage Corp. operates a drum reclamation facility and violated state pollution laws from 2004 through 2008.

The company in 2008 obtained environmental consulting services and has worked with the Department of Natural Resources to resolve the violations, the statement says.

In 1996, Kitzinger was one of 10 firms in southeastern Wisconsin honored by the DNR for reducing emissions of chemicals that contributed to ozone pollution.

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