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Driller settles with DNR over well violations

The Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit related to a complaint by the Department of Natural Resources against Wisconsin well driller Todd Huemann and his company, T. Huemann Well & Pump Inc., according to a news release from the DOJ.

According to the DNR’s complaint, Huemann — which mainly drills in Walworth, Racine and Waukesha counties —  exceeded the 30-day filing deadline for reports at least 25 times and cites the company for 14 other violations. Those included incorrectly constructing shallow bedrock wells; locating wells too close to sewers, soil absorption units and landfills; leaving open space around a well instead of sealing it with grout to prevent contaminants; and drilling wells without enough feet of casing.

As part of the settlement, Huemann has agreed to pay the DNR $23,000 in forfeitures and fees and to report where it will be working each day so the DNR can inspect its work. The company has also agreed to pay additional forfeitures over the next three years if it submits late reports or doesn’t seek necessary variances for its work.

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