Wood County sand plant ordered to pay $80,000

By: Andrew Fefer and AP Email
By: Andrew Fefer and AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wood County frac sand processing facility has been ordered to pay $80,000 for allegedly violating state air pollution control laws.

According to the state's complaint, Completion Industrial Minerals, LLC failed to update its construction permit application to reflect changes that occurred during work at its Marshfield facility. The complaint also accuses the company of continuing construction after the permit expired.

The complaint also alleges violations relating to reporting a dust plan and failing to install an air emission monitor, among other allegations.

The $80,000 is for forfeitures, court costs and surcharges for violations.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the judgment Thursday against the Fort Worth, Texas company.

Messages left at the company's Marshfield and Fort Worth offices were not immediately returned Thursday.
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MADISON, Wis. (DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE) — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against Completion Industrial Minerals, LLC, requiring it to pay $80,000 in forfeitures, court costs, and surcharges for violations of its Wisconsin air pollution control construction permit and Wisconsin’s air pollution control laws at its Marshfield hydraulic fracturing sand processing facility.

According to the complaint, Completion failed to update its construction permit application to reflect changes that occurred during the construction process that were not specified or described in the plans and specifications approved under its construction permit. Furthermore, Completion continued to construct its facility after its construction permit expired. In addition, Completion failed to prepare and submit to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) a fugitive dust plan within 60 days of permit issuance and failed to keep daily records of precautions taken under the fugitive dust plan. Completion also failed to record the pressure drop across a fabric particulate matter filter, failed to install and operate a continuous emission monitor, and failed to prepare and submit to the DNR a malfunction prevention and abatement plan for its facility.

Wisconsin facilities that have the potential to emit elevated levels of particulate matter or other air contaminants may be required to obtain an air pollution control permit from the DNR. Air pollution control regulations and permits minimize emissions through requirements of control equipment, preventative maintenance, and abatement plans to reduce accidental releases. Uncontrolled air emissions can create a threat to both human health and the environment, including the potential to impact the heart and lungs of humans, or impact areas of natural habitat.

Most of Completion’s violations occurred around the time its facility started operating. Completion cooperated with the DNR and addressed the violations soon after the violations were discovered. The modifications to the approved construction plans and the construction that was completed after the permit expired involved projects that reduced Completion’s particulate matter emissions.

Assistant Attorney General Bradley J. Motl represented the State. The settlement was approved by Wood County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas J. Brazeau, Jr.

Copies of the Summons, Complaint, Judgment, and the Stipulation and Order for Judgment are available by clicking on the link on the right side of this story.


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