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June 18, 2010

Attorney General Koster sues Platte County man for open burning violations

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has filed a lawsuit against Jeffery Hill, of Tracy, Missouri, for violation of Missouri's air conservation laws.

Koster said in March 2009, the Tracy Police Department notified the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that Hill was burning waste material, including electrical ballasts, on his property. DNR referred the case to the Attorney General's Office in December 2009 after Hill failed to cooperate with the agency to comply with the law. Koster said his office attempted to settle the matter out of court, but Hill 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 a permanent injunction requiring Hill 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 Hill to pay all court costs and to reimburse the state for the cost of the investigation.

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