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The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC) now has to pay a $80,000 fine for violating air pollution rules at the utility’s coal-fired plants in Rothschild.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the utility will pay the fine in forfeitures, court costs and surcharges.

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The state Department of Justice said WPSC violated the conditions of its state air pollution control permit, at the utility’s coal-fired power plants in Rothschild.

The civil complaint said the utility exceeded carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds emissions limits at the plant.

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In addition, the complaint said WPSC exceeded sulfur dioxide emissions limits on eight days between July 2008 and April 2009. According to the complaint, the utility also operated without a required pollution control device, possibly allowing emissions of unregulated particulate matter.

The attorney general’s office said particle pollution, ground-level ozone and sulfur oxides can harm public health and the environment.

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