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Marshfield frack sand company violates air laws

MADISON (WAOW) – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says a Marshfield company involved with fracturing sand was ordered to pay $80,000 for violating state air pollution control laws.

Completion Industrial Minerals LLC failed to comply with several Department of Natural Resources regulations, including that it continued to construct its facility after a construction permit expired and it failed to keep daily records of precautions to stop fugitive dust, Van Hollen said.

The violations occurred at the company's hydraulic fracturing sand processing facility after permits were issued in 2009 to build it, the attorney general said in a statement Thursday. Completion Industrial Minerals is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

An investigation started In January 2012 following a complaint of sand and dust blowing off of waste sand and stockpiles, according to records.

Completion cooperated with the DNR and addressed the violations soon after the violations were discovered,” Van Hollen said.

The $80,000 settlement, approved by a Wood County judge, represents forfeitures, court costs and surcharges for 16 violations of the company's air pollution control construction permit and air pollution control laws, Van Hollen said.

The settlement allows Completion to pay off the $80,000 in $3,750 installments over the next six years, according to records. An attorney for the company in Madison did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday. A message left at a number listed for the company in Marshfield was not immediately returned either.

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