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May 24, 2011

Attorney General Koster sues Jefferson County woman for auto emissions inspection violations

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has filed a lawsuit against Susan Clark, of Imperial, and Clark Tire and Wholesale Company for “clean scanning” during vehicle emissions inspections.

Koster said “clean scanning” is a term used to describe a violation of the law in which a vehicle emissions inspector connects the electronic emissions scanner to a different automobile – one that will pass inspection – than was brought in for inspection. He said that during 2009, Clark Tire Wholesale Company, owned by Susan Clark, “clean scanned” at least 35 inspections.

Koster asked the court to issue preliminary and permanent injunctions prohibiting the defendants from further violations of the Missouri Air Conservation Law; to assess a $10,000 penalty for each day the defendants violated the law; and to order the defendants to pay attorneys’ fees and court costs.

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