Wis. DNR Appointee Didn't Refer Waste Violation

Posted Sunday, May 6, 2012 --- 4:33 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Records show a top political appointee at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources chose to handle a complaint against a waste hauler internally.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Sunday that DNR records show Scott Gunderson decided against sending the complaint to the state Department of Justice for prosecution.

The DNR's enforcement staff had urged that the case be referred to DOJ. The Justice Department could have imposed fines of tens of thousands of dollars.

Instead, Gunderson decided to ask district attorneys in Waukesha and Jefferson counties to issue five citations against Herr Environmental and fine the Oconomowoc company $4,338.

Gunderson defends the decision to issue citations. He says it could force the company into compliance faster rather than waiting for the Justice Department to act.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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