Friday, April 9, 2010

Attorney General Koster asks courts to find businesses in contempt of court for clean water violations

Release by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's Office Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster has filed court documents asking that three Missouri businesses be found in contempt of court for failing to comply with the terms of consent judgments related violations of Missouri's clean water laws.
Koster said the three businesses are Williams Landing Subdivision owned by Ronnie and Kimberly Williams of Kennett; Wagner's One Stop owned by James Wagner of Reeds Spring; and Uncle Sam's Ice Cream and Deli, owned by Linda Trapino of Rocky Mount. Each of the businesses entered into consent judgments in 2008.
Koster said Williams Landing Subdivision was ordered to construct a centralized sewer system for his subdivision. He agreed to pay $300,000 to an escrow account in the event that he failed to construct the system in 16 months. The business failed to deposit money in the escrow account and failed to install a sewer system that is compliant with Missouri's clean water law.
Koster said the courts ordered Wagner's One Stop and Uncle Sam's Ice Cream & Deli to submit drinking water samples each month to be tested for contaminants in order to comply with the state's safe drinking water laws. The courts suspended civil penalties of $2,500 for Wagner's One Stop and approximately $21,000 for Uncle Sam's Ice Cream if the businesses complied with the law. Koster said both companies failed to comply.
Koster said his office is asking the court to find the three companies in contempt of court and to collect the penalties and escrow money.
"These businesses all have been given the opportunity to correct violations of Missouri's drinking water and clean water laws," Koster said. "Consumers have a right to expect that public drinking water is safe and that developers install waste systems that won't pollute our water."

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