May 13, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has obtained a consent judgment against Eastland Hills Estates, LLC, and its managing member, Russell Anderson, for alleged violations of Missouri's Clean Water Laws.
Koster said Eastland Hills Estates, LLC, is developing the Eastland Hills Estates subdivision in Columbia. He said inspections by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) showed the developer allowed water contaminants to run off into Hominy Branch, an unclassified tributary of Hominy Creek, which runs adjacent to the Eastland Hills Estates subdivision. MDNR inspections also showed that Eastland Hills Estates had not put erosion control structures or Best Management Practices in place at the development, nor had the required public notification sign been posted at the site's main entrance.
"Every developer in our state is obligated to ensure the environmental integrity of their development sites," Koster said. "This office will aggressively pursue any developers who show disregard for our environmental laws."
Koster said in addition to the $55,000 civil penalty, Eastland Hills Estates, LLC, and Anderson also agreed to the entry of an injunction prohibiting future violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law and agreed to pay court cost.