August 24, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit against George “Chet” Horman, of Laclede County, for violating the state’s Hazardous Waste Management Law.
Koster said Horman disposed of waste paints and solvents by using them to start a large bonfire on a gravel bar of the Niangua River in rural Laclede County. Not all of the materials were consumed by the fire, and some of the waste paints and solvents soaked into the ground, posing a threat to public health and safety and the environment. Koster said Horman failed to clean up the hazardous substances, resulting in the Department of Natural Resources having to spend more than $8,000 to properly clean up the area.
Koster is asking the court to issue an injunction prohibiting the Horman from further violations of the Hazardous Waste Management Law; require that he pay for the cost of the cleanup; assess punitive damages not to exceed triple the cleanup costs incurred by the state; assess a civil penalty up to $10,000 per day per violation; and require Horman to pay all court costs.
“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.”