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Mining cos. ordered to pay $80K in fines

Two Minnesota mining companies will pay $80,000 in forfeitures and fees for discharging sediment into a wetland complex, creek and the St. Croix River.

Interstate Energy Partners LLC and Tiller Corp. were ordered to pay for failing to maintain necessary dikes and berms, as well as discharging outside of the area specified in their permit, according to a news release from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office.

Barton Sand & Gravel Co., a subsidiary of Tiller, was operating a sand and gravel mining facility in Grantsburg, though the facility was shut down in 2012 after a citizen complained to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the release states.

The state Department of Justice and the companies stipulated to the terms of the judgment. Burnett County Circuit Judge Kenneth Kutz signed the order Thursday.

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