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BelGioioso settles with DOJ; agrees to build wastewater treatment plant

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MANITOWOC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A local cheesemaker will build a $1.5 million wastewater treatment plant as part of a settlement with the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

DOJ officials say BelGioioso Cheese Inc. violated the terms of 2 permits for land spreading of industrial dairy waste.

According to the state, the violations included spreading of waste too close to a drainage way, spreading on saturated soils, runoff to a wetland, winter spreading on sites not approved for the winter months, and failure to report noncompliance.

It was based on inspections triggered by hotline complaints at numerous locations in Manitowoc and Oconto counties.

In response, the state says BelGioioso is working to improve and minimize its land spreading activities. As part of the settlement, BelGioioso agreed to create and implement a comprehensive wastewater management plan for all five of its facilities.

In addition, BelGioioso will construct a DNR approved wastewater treatment plant at its Glenmore-Denmark facility.

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