May 20, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit in Polk County against a real-estate developer for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law.
The state alleges that the Department of Natural Resources informed the developer, Dewey Smith, that his proposal to build wastewater-treatment systems at the Deer Meadows Subdivision could endanger groundwater resources. Smith proceeded with construction without department approval, leaving several homeowners without an adequate wastewater-treatment option.
"Missourians have a right to expect sensible real-estate development that protects residents' health and safety," Koster said. "Our office won’t look the other way when developers cut corners, endanger groundwater resources, and leave unsuspecting homeowners with the tab."
Koster is asking the court to issue an injunction requiring Smith to comply with the Missouri Clean Water Law, to assess civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day for each violation of the Missouri Clean Water Law, and to require Smith to pay all court costs.