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Company settles lawsuit over asphalt-coating leak

Victoria Inc., an asphalt coating company, will pay the state $5,000 to settle a water-pollution lawsuit stemming from a 2007 accident.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Tuesday sued the Menomonee Falls-based company, which does business under the brand name SealMaster Milwaukee. A Waukesha County Circuit Court approved a settlement on Thursday.

The state sued Victoria due to an April 2007 incident where a worker for the company punctured a 250-gallon container of a black asphalt coating while unloading it from a truck. About 150 gallons of the coating, called Ajack Black, leaked out of the container and Victoria crews cleaned about 100 gallons of it before it leaked out of the building. Some of the remaining black coating flowed into the company parking lot, through a hole in a leak-containment wall on the company property, and into Lilly Creek.

The creek turned black, causing area residents to complain to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Victoria has already paid the state $15,000 as reimbursement for cleanup costs.

The court settlement includes additional penalties and requires the company to fix the walls and systems on its property that are supposed to prevent chemicals from leaking into Lilly Creek.

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