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March 23, 2011

Attorney General Koster takes action against St. Louis man for air conservation violations

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has filed a lawsuit against Robert Collins, of St. Louis, for violating Missouri’s Air Conservation Law.

Koster said Collins was involved in demolition activities in a building on Page Avenue in St. Louis in June 2009. Collins was removing asbestos-containing building materials as a part of a renovation. He violated Missouri law in that he failed to inspect the building for asbestos prior to beginning demolition, failed to notify the Department of Natural Resources ten days in advance of the planned demolition, and failed to have measures in place to keep the airborne dust from getting to the outside. Koster said asbestos breaks up very easily into particles small enough to breath, thus posing a health threat.

“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 Collins from further violations of the Missouri Air Conservation Law; to assess a $10,000 penalty for each day the defendant violated the law; and to order the defendant to pay court costs.

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