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July 2, 2012

Attorney General Koster sues Lincoln County business for clean water violations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a business that helped develop the Cuivre Valley Subdivision for violating Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

Koster said East Missouri Development, LLC, owned or developed Lots 56 through 64 of the property known as Cuivre Valley Subdivision. The suit alleges storm water, sediment, and associated soil and rock from the site flow from storm water discharge pipes into a branch of the Cuivre River.

In addition, Koster alleges the company violated the Missouri Clean Water Law by:

  • failing to propose, implement, and maintain “Best Management Practices” for erosion and sediment control;
  • causing and allowing the discharge of sediment, soil runoff, and soil and rock particulate matter from the subdivision, which reduced the water quality of the “wet weather branch” of the Cuivre River to below the water quality standards; and
  • constructing or installing and later operating and maintaining the Lot 60 storm water discharge pipe without a Missouri State Operating Permit.

“Missourians have a right to expect that businesses moving massive amounts of soil for housing developments will comply with the law and not pollute our water,” Koster said. “Our office will not look the other way when businesses violate the environmental laws of the state.”

Koster is asking the court to issue a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting East Missouri Development from any further violations of 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 assess court costs.

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