October 29, 2009
Pemiscot County, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have reached a settlement with Natural Biodiesel Plant, LLC, for violating the state's Hazardous Waste Management Law and the Clean Water Law.
Koster said the company illegally disposed of more than 187,000 gallons of glycerin by-product by applying or dumping it on land in Pemiscot and Dunklin counties. He said the glycerin flowed into the Belle Fountain Ditch and its tributary, Ditch #6, killing more than 25,000 fish and more than 600 mussels, including some on the federal endangered species list. This resulted, Koster said, in the water quality of those water bodies to be below the water quality standards established by the Missouri Clean Water Commission.
Under the settlement agreement, Natural Biodiesel paid a civil penalty of nearly $38,000, which will go into the Pemiscot County School Fund. The company also paid more than $32,000 to reimburse the state for costs, expenses, and damages. The company will pay a $44,000 suspended penalty if it violates either the Missouri hazardous waste or clean water laws within the next two years.
"We must be diligent stewards of the environmental integrity of this beautiful state," Koster said. "As such, we will continue to vigorously enforce the laws governing the use of our natural resources."