November 23, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has filed a lawsuit against Byron Shultz, of La Belle, for violation of Missouri's air conservation laws.
Koster said in September 2009, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducted an investigation of the demolition of the LaBelle Motel, owned and operated by Shultz. DNR's inspection revealed that Shultz failed to have a certified asbestos building inspector perform an asbestos inspection of the building; failed to notify DNR's Air Pollution Control Program of the demolition prior to it taking place; and disposed of the demolition waste by means of open burning, all in violation of Missouri law. Koster said his office attempted to settle the matter out of court, but Shultz has been unresponsive.
"We all have not only a moral obligation, but also a legal obligation, to serve as stewards of our environment," Koster said. "When people violate our laws by polluting the air and harming our quality of life, this office will not stand idly by."
Koster is asking the court to issue preliminary and permanent injunctions requiring Shultz to comply with the Missouri Air Conservation Law; assess civil penalties not to exceed $10,000 per day for each violation of the law; to require Shultz to pay all court costs.