Mo. AG sues waste treatment facility for violations

Keith Loria Nov. 23, 2010, 2:29pm


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced on Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit against a water treatment facility that allegedly engaged in three counts of environmental violations.

Sunset View Estates Wastewater Treatment Facility Inc., allegedly violated Missouri's Clean Water Law by failing to meet the required design standards for wastewater treatment facilities.

The company allegedly failed to install a fence to prevent unauthorized entry to the facility, didn't post warning signs and did not maintain an all-weather access road to the facility, all of which are standards required by law.

The suit alleges that Sunset View Estates failed to keep the facility's filter mechanism free of vegetation, which is another violation of state environmental laws. It also allegedly failed to mark the treatment facility's outfall area clearly.

"Missouri law clearly outlines how wastewater treatment facilities must be operated and maintained in order to protect the environment," Koster said. "The attorney general's office will continue to hold facilities responsible for obeying Missouri's environmental laws."

Koster is seeking a permanent injunction that would require Sunset View Estates to comply with the Clean Water Law. He also is asking the court to assess a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per day that the facility violated the Clean Water Law and for the company to pay all costs associated with the litigation.

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