Environmental Enforcement: Wastewater Firm KMS and Owner Sued
Missouriâ€™s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a Camden County, Mo., man and his company for alleged violations of the stateâ€™s Clean Water Law.
Chris Koster alleges three violations of the Clean Water Law by Camdenton, Mo., company KMS Developments and its owner Dennis Karl.
The company owns and operates a wastewater treatment facility that serves Village at Summers Point, a residential subdivision in Camden County.Â Effluent from the facility is capable of flowing into local reservoir Lake of the Ozarks (pictured). The companyâ€™s alleged violations took place at the treatment facility.
Inspections by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources showed specific violations including:
- failure to install an ultraviolet disinfection system;
- operating without a permit;
- failure to install a fence to prevent unauthorized entry into the wastewater treatment facility.
The Department referred the case to the Missouri Attorney Generalâ€™s Office in late 2010.
â€śMissourians have a right to expect that waste systems are installed in compliance with the law so they wonâ€™t pollute our water,â€ť Koster said. â€śOur office will not look the other way when businesses fail to comply with the law.â€ť
Koster is asking the court to issue a permanent injunction requiring the defendants to comply with the Clean Water Law; to assess a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 per day for each violation of that law; and to require payment of all costs associated with the case.
The stateâ€™s Clean Water Law was violated last year, along with a number of other environmental state and federal laws, by North Americaâ€™s largest lead producer.
Doe Run Resources Corp. of St. Louis agreed to pay $65 million to correct violations of the laws at ten of its lead mining and smelting facilities in southeast Missouri in December 2010.
Along with Missouriâ€™s Clean Water Act, the lead producer violated the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Emergency Planning and Right-to-Know Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (known as Superfund), and the Missouri Air Conservation Law and Hazardous Waste Management Law.
Doe Run agreed to pay $3.5 million to the United States, and $1.5 million to the State of Missouri, with an additional $1 million plus interest to be paid to the state each year for the next two years from 2010.
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