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March 17, 2011

Attorney General Koster sues Butler County business owners for safe drinking water violations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against three Wappapello business owners for multiple violations of Missouri’s Safe Drinking Water Law.

Koster said Lonnie and Patricia Dueker and John Leslie Shannon own and operate Miller’s Motor Lodge in Wappapello and the water well that supplies water to the hotel. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources found that the defendants violated state drinking water regulations at their hotel by allowing the system to exceed the maximum contaminant levels for total coliform bacteria; failing to collect water samples within 24 hours of being notified that positive coliform samples results were obtained; failing to report total coliform results to the Department of Natural Resources in the time period required; and failing to notify water system users of the presence of fecal coliform in the water system.

Koster is asking the court to issue an injunction requiring the defendants to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Law; to assess a civil penalty of $50 per day for the first violation and $100 per day for each additional violation; and to require the defendants to pay all costs associated with the case.

“Businesses that serve the public must understand that they have not only a moral obligation, but also a legal obligation, to make sure the drinking water they provide to consumers is safe,” Koster said. “There is simply no excuse to violate these laws, and this office will continue to see they are vigorously enforced.”

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