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April 19, 2012

Attorney General Koster sues Boone County business owner for clean water violations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against the owner of two Boone County businesses for violating Missouri’s clean water laws.

The lawsuit alleges that Michael Gilbane owns and operates two businesses that are served by lagoon wastewater treatment facilities that lack permits: Gilbane Mobile Home Park and Gilbane Rebuilders. The wastewater from the two treatment facilities discharges to Little Cedar Creek, a tributary of Cedar Creek.

In addition, Department of Natural Resources inspections found that Gilbane violated clean water regulations by failing to submit annual Discharge Monitoring Reports since 2005; and by failing to pay annual operating fees since 2006.

“Missourians have a right to expect that waste systems are operated in compliance with the law so they won’t pollute our water,” Koster said. “Our office will not look the other way when businesses fail to comply with the law.”

Koster is asking the court to issue a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting Gilbane 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; to assess permit fees and penalties; and to require payment of all costs associated with the case.

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