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Madison, WI: (Nov-19-07) The Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen's office brought charges against US Oil Company, Inc., of Combined Locks, Wisconsin, alleging that the company violated state air pollution control laws at petroleum bulk storage tanks, which it operates in Milwaukee, Brown, and Dane Counties. The charges were brought following a complaint filed earlier in 2007 at the request of the Department of Natural Resources. The lawsuit claimed that US Oil's fuel storage terminals emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are air contaminants under state law. The Milwaukee facility and one of the Green Bay terminals are considered major sources of VOC emissions, as the potential VOC emissions at each of these facilities are greater than 100 tons/year. The suit stated that US Oil failed to conduct the required inspections on numerous occasions, and failed to report deficiencies to the Department of Natural Resources and correct them in a timely fashion when they were identified.

The complaint also alleged that US Oil failed to conduct timely tests of the emissions from its truck loading operation in Green Bay, which were found to be unlawfully high when the required test was conducted. As part of a settlement reached, the company agreed to pay $450,000 to resolve allegations. [ALL AMERICAN PATRIOTS: EMISSION VIOLATIONS]

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Published on Nov-20-07


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