April 16, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster today filed suit against a Jefferson City gas station that has failed to obtain the necessary insurance to protect against underground fuel spills.
According to the Attorney General, Mr. Convenience, located at 230 East McCarty, has one or more underground storage tanks that receive and store gasoline, but the business does not have insurance in place for corrective action should an accident occur, as required by law.
"Accidents related to underground storage tanks can cause serious damage to people and property," Koster said. "It is important that business owners have adequate insurance or other financial resources to remediate damage should an accident occur. The Attorney General's Office is committed to ensuring that these businesses do not operate, unless or until they have necessary resources to cover the risk."
Attorney General Koster's petition seeks to prohibit the owner of Mr. Convenience, Mr. Steve Scherr, from receiving or dispensing gasoline from the business's underground storage tanks until he can prove adequate financial responsibility. The suit also seeks civil penalties as well as an order to shut down the business if it does not come into compliance with the law in a timely manner.