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December 21, 2010

MADISON -- AxleTech International has received the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' 100th voluntary party Certificate of Completion for cleanup work conducted at their Oshkosh manufacturing facility.

The certificates are part of the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) process, created in 1994 to help parties clarify their future liability at contaminated properties they willingly clean up, as long as they receive state oversight and follow all environmental laws. The DNR certificate is a company's final seal of approval from the state, confirming the environmental cleanup is complete at a "brownfield."

"This 100th Certificate of Completion is a great milestone for the state's Brownfield Initiative," said DNR Secretary Matt Frank. "It shows once again Wisconsin is at the forefront of innovative cleanup efforts."

Frank said that many businesses take advantage of the certificates because the VPLE process is streamlined, provides additional liability protection and transfers protection to future property owners if the land is sold.

"Helping businesses revitalize brownfields is good for Wisconsin's economy," said Frank. "The VPLE was key to AxleTech taking on this site so we can keep jobs and manufacturing in the Oshkosh community."

AxleTech, an axle/suspension manufacturing firm, purchased the 600,000-square foot facility located along the Fox River from Meritor in 2002.

The first Certificate of Completion was awarded in 1995. Any party can enroll in the VPLE process, including those responsible for the contamination. Currently there are 125 entities enrolled in the VPLE process.

To view the other 99 parties receiving Certificates of Completion, or to learn more about voluntary cleanup work in Wisconsin, please view the Voluntary Party Cleanup page of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Savagian, Wisconsin DNR, 608-261-6422,

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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