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June 18, 2010

Attorney General Koster sues Kansas City man for hazardous, solid waste violations

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas City man who violated Missouri's hazardous waste and solid waste laws on property he formerly owned in Clinton County.

Koster said Joseph P. Allen dumped abandoned vehicles, discarded barrels, drums, buckets, and roofing shingles on the property in violation of the state's solid waste laws. In addition, Allen stored and collected hazardous wastes at the site, including lead, cadmium, and mercury, which could potentially threaten the environment and the health of Missourians in the area. Koster said Allen is currently facing criminal charges in Clinton County for this same conduct.

"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."

Koster is asking the court to issue a permanent injunction requiring Allen to comply with Missouri's hazardous waste and solid waste laws; assess a civil penalty of $10,000 per day for each violation of the hazardous waste law and $10,000 per day for each violation of the solid waste law; and require Allen to pay all court costs.

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