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Developer pays $150,000 forfeiture in environmental case

A Hartland real estate company has agreed to pay $150,000 in penalties for violating state environmental laws regarding erosion control during construction of a condominium project.

Trillium Development LLC and one of the company’s owners, Jeffrey J. Christensen, entered a no-contest plea to charges brought by the Department of Justice on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources.

The violations occurred over an 18-month period in 2007 and 2008 at the 14-acre site of the Sanctuary of Delafield. The property is the site of 20 luxury condominiums uphill one block from Lake Nagawicka, according to Department of Justice.

The DNR found that the developer failed to use best management practices to minimize sediment and other pollutants from following into waterways on at least 50 occasions.

The developer failed to revise its erosion control plan after it became apparent that the existing plan was not working.

The DNR also said the developer began road construction work before finishing the construction of ponds designed to contain sediment contained in storm water runoff.

The site is now in compliance with erosion control laws, according to a statement issued by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Neither Christensen nor his lawyer, Rodney Carter, could immediately be reached for comment.

— Marie Rohde

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