DNR issues violation notice to Madison Kipp Corp. for alleged contamination

DNR issues violation notice to Madison Kipp Corp. for alleged contamination

Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources have issued a violation notice to Madison Kipp Corp. on Friday for allegedly failing to “properly report PCB contamination and other issues” on Madison’s East Side, according to a department news release.

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are a group of man-made chemicals that can cause developmental, reproductive, neurobehavioral and immunological problems in humans, according to the DNR.

DNR officials said that the notice pertained to contamination coming for the company’s East Side manufacturing facility.

According to the news release, Kipp contractors discovered the PCB contamination in February and March “when excavating soil to install a soil vapor extraction (SVE) system along the facility’s eastern property line.” The SVE systems were being installed remove vapor from soils in and around the plant in connection to other contamination on the property, DNR officials said.
DNR officials are alleging that Kipp didn’t immediately report the PCB contamination or “take the actions necessary to restore the environment to the extent practicable and minimize the harmful effects from the discharge to the air, lands or waters” as required by law.
DNR officials said that Kipp’s contractor sent an email to DNR officials about the contamination in late March 2012.
According to the news release, DNR officials said that they haven’t made a decision on further enforcement action “but the most recently alleged violations could be included with ongoing legal action.” They said that last year, the DNR referred Kipp to the state’s Justice Department in connection with alleged chlorinated solvent contamination at the property.