January 29, 2014
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) in Butler County against Michael Nichols and Nichols Disposal L.L.C. to prevent further violations of Missouri's Solid Waste Management Law.
According to the Attorney General's allegations, Nichols operates a trash-hauling business that collects solid waste from households and businesses. Koster's office alleges that Nichols and his company illegally buried the trash they collected or left it in piles and containers spread across a tract of land Nichols owns, posing a threat to groundwater.
"My office is charged with protecting Missouri's environment," Koster said. "We will take action when individuals violate our laws and pollute the groundwater."
Koster asked the court to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting Nichols from collecting, transporting, disposing of, burying, or burning solid wastes until the office's Application for a Preliminary Injunction can be heard by the Court. That hearing is set for February 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Butler County Circuit Court. Koster is also asking the court to assess a civil penalty up to $1,000 per day for violations of the Solid Waste Management Law and court costs against Nichols and his company.