April 13, 2011
Greene County, Mo.— Attorney General Chris Koster has obtained a consent judgment against Robert Peterson, of Springfield, for alleged violations of the Missouri Air Conservation Act.
Koster said Peterson, doing business as Accurate Building Inspections, performed asbestos abatement work at a commercial building in Springfield. Peterson falsely advertised that he was a registered asbestos abatement contractor and failed to give the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advance notification of the project. In addition, Peterson took dangerous asbestos-containing material to a landfill in unlabeled trash bags and provided documentation to the landfill incorrectly asserting that the material was safe.
“Missouri’s Air Conservation Law was enacted to protect both citizens’ health and our environment,“ Koster said. “The Attorney General’s Office will not look the other way when these violations occur.“
Koster said under the judgment, the court assessed a civil penalty of $10,000; issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Peterson from violating the Air Conservation Act; prohibited the defendant from conducting any work related to asbestos abatement without obtaining the required registration from DNR; and ordered Peterson to provide DNR a detailed accounting of all work or services he has performed as an asbestos abatement contractor. The court suspended $8,000 of the penalty contingent on Peterson’s compliance with the terms of the judgment.