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Grassland Dairy to pay $300K to state

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 GREENWOOD (WKOW) -- Grassland Dairy Products Inc. has been ordered to pay a $300,000 penalty to Wisconsin for violating state water pollution laws.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the settlement on Tuesday.  Grassland Dairy is one of the world's largest butter producers.

The state says the company discharged water pollutants in excess of its permit more than 100 times between 2006 and 2013.  Officials say the company only reported three of those incidents.

A Grassland Dairy attorney declined comment to News-Herald Media.

Grassland Dairy releases waste into the Black River.  It's listed by regulators as an impaired water body because of low oxygen levels.

The state says the company's $70 million expansion in 2010 did not address the pollution problems.

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