The Wisconsin Department of Justice says a sand mining company will pay $200,000 in forfeitures for a pollution case in 2011 after mud and sand slid down a hill into a stream and wetland.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the forfeitures against Preferred Sands for violations of a stormwater permit on a 350-acre site northwest of Blair in Trempealeau County.
Sand from the Blair mine is shipped to oil-producing regions such as North Dakota.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Preferred Sands began operating a sand mine on top of a bluff near Larkin Valley Creek. Justice Department lawyers said that the company failed to notify the DNR when it sharply expanded production.