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April 4, 2011

Attorney General Koster sues Butler County man for solid waste violations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a Poplar Bluff man who violated Missouri’s solid waste laws by dumping scrap tires at his business, Hederer Enterprises, and at his personal residence.

Koster said that between 2008 and 2010, Hederer dumped approximately 3,000 scrap tires at his business and approximately 800 scrap tires at his residence, in violation of Missouri law. In May 2008, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) representatives contacted Hederer and requested that he clean up the tires at his place of business. Hederer refused, and DNR proceeded with a clean-up operation, which cost the state $12,205.20. Efforts to settle the case have been ignored.

“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 Hederer to comply with Missouri’s solid waste laws; assess a civil penalty of $5,000 per day for each violation of the solid waste law; reimburse the state $12,205.20 for cleanup costs on his property; and require Hederer to pay all court costs.

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