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Turtle Creek bridge contractor settles lawsuit over violations

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Gazette Staff
April 8, 2008
— The chief contractor for a Department of Transportation bridge project in Bradford Township has been ordered to pay $100,000 for violating state water pollution laws during construction in 2005 and 2006.

Edward Kraemer & Sons, a general contractor located in Plain, was required to implement and maintain erosion control measures at the bridge project site on Highway 140 over Turtle Creek.


According to a complaint filed at the request of the state Department of Natural Resources, Edward Kraemer & Sons failed to:


-- Ensure that required erosion control measures were properly in place;


-- Repair or replace erosion control measures in a timely manner;


-- Inspect erosion control measures.


As a result, polluting sediment was discharged into Turtle Creek, which has been identified as an Exceptional Resource Water by the Department of Natural Resources.


The ERW label means the creek merits additional protection from the effects of pollution because of its environmental value.


“Wisconsin law requires that contractors properly manage construction sites to protect state waters from polluting runoff through proper erosion control measures,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a news release. “These measures are particularly important at bridge projects.”


Assistant Attorney General JoAnne F. Kloppenburg prosecuted the case, and Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Welker approved the settlement.



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