Mo. AG files clean water lawsuit

Keith Loria Feb. 23, 2011, 3:46pm


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced on Wednesday that he has filed a lawsuit against a company and its owner for allegedly violating the state's Clean Water Law.

KMS Development LLC and Dennis Karl, its owner, allegedly failed to take proper measures concerning a wastewater treatment facility that it owns that serves the Summers Point residential subdivision in Camden County Village, Mo.

Koster alleges the company failed to install an ultraviolet disinfection system, failed to stop unauthorized entry into the facility by putting up a fence and operated without a permit. This was all necessary under state law, as effluent from the system is capable of flowing into the Lake of the Ozarks, Koster said.

"Missourians have a right to expect that waste systems are installed 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 seeking a court injunction against the company requiring permanent compliance with the Clean Water Law. He also wants a civil penalty assessed in an amount not to exceed $10,000 per day for each Clean Water Law violation and wants the company to pay all costs associated with the litigation.

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