March 29, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has filed a lawsuit against Stephen Uehlin and John Uehlin, of Amazonia, for violating Missouri’s Air Conservation Law.
Koster said the Uehlins operate an underground limestone quarry in Andrew County. State law requires the Uehlins to get a construction permit for the quarry because it has the potential to emit pollutants into the air in excess of allowed levels. No construction permit was ever obtained. In addition, the Uehlins violated the law in that they failed to submit reports of air contaminant emissions and failed to pay emissions fees amounting to $45,710. Koster said his office contacted the Uehlins to give them an opportunity to correct the violations but have received no response.
“Missouri’s Air Conservation Law was enacted to protect both citizens’ health and our environment,” Koster said. “The Attorney General’s Office will not look the other way when these violations occur.”
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; to require the defendants to pay their past-due emissions fees, plus interest; and to order the defendants to pay attorneys’ fees and court costs.