The state has settled an environmental lawsuit against 4 men from Price County.
The Department of Natural Resources investigated a complaint of illegal hauling and dumping of debris by the owners of Vyskocil Brothers Builders in Phillips. According to a statement by Attorney General JB Van Hollen, the four men agreed to pay penalties, costs and attorney fees totaling $25,000 for the violations.
This includes violations of state laws that prohibit unlicensed transporting and storage of solid waste, and failing to determine if that waste was hazardous, and transporting hazardous waste without a license.
The debris piles were approximately 2,400 cubic yards consisting of glass, shingles, tin, plaster, paint cans and other building materials came from the demolition of a local store. The brothers admitted to burying the material on their father’s property. DNR wardens also observed the Vyskocil brothers demolishing two other buildings and transporting and dumping the debris on a different farm site.
Price Circuit Court Judge Douglas T. Fox approved the settlements on Monday afternoon.