Attorney General sues Columbia developer about pollution

Thursday, December 10, 2009 | 11:17 a.m. CST; updated 10:53 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 10, 2009

COLUMBIA — Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Garth Coleman Builders Inc., of Columbia, saying the company polluted a stream adjacent to Kinkade Crossing, a residential housing development.

According to a news release from Koster's office, inspections by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources showed the company allowed water contaminants to enter into a tributary of Rocky Fork Creek, which runs near the residential housing.

The lawsuit alleges that in addition to pollution, the development company had not put erosion control structures or other environmental protection practices in place, had operated a water contaminant source without a permit and failed to post a public notification sign at the main entrance of the work site. 

Koster is asking the court to issue injunctions requiring the company to comply with the Clean Water Law and to assess civil penalty of no more than $10,000 a day for each violation. The lawsuit also asks that the company be required to pay all costs associated with the case.


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