Bryan Cohen Apr. 25, 2013, 5:18pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Wednesday that he requested and obtained court dates for his lawsuit against the owner of the Bridgeton Landfill.

On May 14 and 15, the St. Louis County Circuit Court will hear evidence related to Koster's request for a preliminary injunction against Republic Services Inc.

Koster filed a lawsuit against Republic March 27, alleging the company violated multiple state environmental laws in its operation of the landfill.

Koster's office started negotiations with Republic immediately after filing the lawsuit with the goal of coming to an agreement on the issues.

The attorney general requested the preliminary injunction hearing to make sure progress is made on the remaining issues upon which the parties have yet to agree.

"My office is moving swiftly to ensure that Republic fulfills its promise to fix the problems plaguing the residents, schools, businesses, senior care facilities and a local hospital near the Bridgeton Landfill," he said in a statement.

"Our lawsuit highlights a number of issues that need Republic's attention. If those issues cannot all be appropriately resolved by negotiation, we will go into court three weeks from today to seek the best protections for those who are being harmed by this situation."

The lawsuit seeks to address odor issues, correct alleged environmental violations and provide remedies to assist local residents and businesses in coping with the ongoing effects of the burning waste.

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