Thursday, May 23, 2013

Attorney General Koster obtains judgment against failed Branson resort developer for polluting Table Rock Lake

                                                                                                  May 23, 2013
                                                                      (Official press release from Missouri General)
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a judgment obtained in the Stone County Circuit Court against Indian Ridge Resort, Inc. and developer James E. Shirato.  The company and Shirato began, but never completed, an 850-acre development located on Highway 76 southeast of Branson near Table Rock Lake.  The development was to include hundreds of homes, condominiums, an eight-story hotel, water park, golf course, conference center, and retail space.
Construction has been stalled for several years and the site features deep erosion gullies, allowing sediment and topsoil to drain into Table Rock Lake, where it collects in coves, harming aquatic life and the lake ecosystem. 
"Table Rock Lake is a valuable state resource, and my office will continue to take action against those who endanger it and other natural resources in Missouri," said Koster, who also credited the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for assisting with the case.
The judgment requires Indian Ridge Resort and Shirato to bring the site into compliance with the Missouri Clean Water Law, as well as pay a civil penalty of $100,000, and $25,719 for costs already incurred by the state in investigating and remediating damage to the lake.  In addition, the court required the defendants to pay all future state costs incurred at the site.

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