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WPS agrees to settlement over air quality violations at Weston Power Plant


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Wisconsin Public Service has settled a lawsuit with the state over air quality violations at the Weston Power plant.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Thursday that WPS will pay $80,000 in forfeitures, court costs, and surcharges for violations of its Wisconsin air pollution control permit at at Weston 4. DNR Air management supervisor Jeff Johnson says the case took a while to work through the courts because of repeated violations in 2008. "We tend to incorporate any new violation that may come up into the open case, so we don't have to close the current case and open a new one."

Johnson says there's no current danger to the public from the plant, and that they've had no further violations. "It was different violations at different periods of time. It may not have created a significant environmental impact, but it's still a violation under their permit."

The settlement was approved by Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Jill Falstad on Wednesday.