Mo. AG sues man over air conservation laws violations

Bryan Cohen Jun. 24, 2011, 2:47pm


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit on Friday against a Caldwell County, Mo., man for violation of Missouri's air conservation laws.

Scott Porter of Polo, Mo., allegedly burned trade waste, construction waste, demolition waste and salvage waste without a permit.

"We all have not only a moral obligation, but also a legal obligation, to serve as stewards of our environment," Koster said. "When people violate our laws by polluting the air and harming our quality of life, this office will not stand idly by."

Koster asked the court to issue a permanent injunction requiring Porter to comply with the Missouri Air Conservation Law, pay all court costs and pay civil penalties not to exceed $10,000 per day for each violation of the law.

Koster's office was alerted of the alleged violations by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Koster has filed multiple lawsuits against Missouri residents over alleged violations of the state's conservation laws this year. In March, Koster sued two Amazonia, Mo., men who allegedly operated an underground limestone quarry without a permit.

Koster also sued a man in March who allegedly violated laws by burning building materials on his property, including lumber, burned particle board, masonite particles, insulation and vinyl sheet flooring, without a permit.

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