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Attorney General's News Release

December 9, 2009

Attorney General Koster settles with Springfield company for hazardous waste violations

--company agrees to $13,000 penalty--

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have reached a settlement with ATC Drivetrain for violating the state's Hazardous Waste Management Law.

Koster said ATC Drivetrain is an engine and transmission rebuilding facility located in Springfield. He said more than 1,700 pounds of hazardous waste was removed from the facility after a Department of Natural Resources' inspection found numerous violations of the law, including failure to properly inspect and maintain the facility and improper storage of hazardous waste. Improperly stored hazardous waste is more likely to escape into the environment.

Koster said under the settlement agreement, ATC Drivetrain will pay $13,000 in penalties to the Greene County School Fund.

"Taking care of our environment is a responsibility we all share," Koster said. "This office takes that responsibility seriously and will continue to vigorously enforce the laws governing the use of our natural resources."

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