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February 23, 2011

Attorney General Koster sues Camden County man for clean water violations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit in Camden County against Dennis Karl and KMS Development, LLC, of Camdenton, alleging three counts of violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

Koster said the KMS Development, LLC owns and operates a wastewater treatment facility that serves Village at Summers Point, a residential subdivision in Camden County. Effluent from the system is capable of flowing into the Lake of the Ozarks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources inspections showed that violations include failure to install an ultraviolet disinfection system; operating without a permit; and failure to install a fence to prevent unauthorized entry into the wastewater treatment facility.

“Missourians have a right to expect that waste systems are installed in compliance with the law so they won’t pollute our water,” Koster said. “Our office will not look the other way when businesses fail to comply with the law.”

Koster is asking the court to issue a permanent injunction requiring the defendants to comply with the Clean Water Law; to assess a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 per day for each violation of the Clean Water Law; and to require payment of all costs associated with the case.

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