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Sand mining company settles state charges

By Sean Ryan

A Marshfield-based sand mining company will pay $12,000 in penalties to the state to settle a lawsuit.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Dec. 17 sued Don Nikolai Construction & Supply Inc. and its owner, Donald Nikolai, for allegedly violating a state permit for a water pollution elimination system. The Department of Justice on Thursday announced that Nikolai agreed to settle the case.

According to the state lawsuit, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources storm water specialists in 2008 discovered Nikolai had dug a trench at the sand mine. The trench channeled sediment-laden water from a retention pond and sent it into a nearby culvert that flowed into Rocky Creek. The flow of water, which was brown from the dirt it contained, violated the mine’s DNR permit.

Nikolai filled in the trench at the DNR’s request, but only after water from the retention pond had flowed into the creek.

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