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June 22, 2010

Attorney General Koster sues Camden County business for clean water violations --Lawsuit charges 5 counts of environmental violations--

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit in Camden County against Osage Lakeshore, Ltd., and its president, Clayton Fink, for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law that threaten the health and safety of people using the Lake of the Ozarks.

Koster said the company owns and operates Mickeyland Mobile Home Park in Sunrise Beach. Mickeyland is served by a recirculating sand filter wasterwater treatment system that discharges to the Lake of the Ozarks. In September 2008 and July 2009, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) inspected the facility and found untreated wastewater overflowing from its collection system and into the Lake of the Ozarks.  The inspection also revealed excessive vegetation covering the sand filter and other parts of the wastewater treatment facility. In addition, DNR records show the effluent discharging from the facility has periodically exceeded its permitted limitations for fecal coliform and total residual chlorine.

"The defendants were given the opportunity to correct violations of Missouri's clean water laws but were unwilling to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance," Koster said "This office will aggressively pursue those who show disregard for our environmental laws."

Koster is asking the court to issue preliminary and permanent injunctions requiring the defendants to comply with the Clean Water Law and prohibiting further operation of the Mickeyland wastewater treatment facility until it is repaired and upgraded; to assess a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 per day for each violation of the Clean Water Law; and to require the defendants to pay all costs associated with the case.

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