Eastland Hills Estates LLC and its managing member, Russell Anderson, have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $55,000 after being accused of six violations of Missouri Clean Water laws.
Eastland Hills Estates has been developing a 50-acre residential neighborhood in Columbia. From 2007 to 2009, several violations of Missouri Clean Water laws were noted, resulting in a fine of $55,000, according to a press release from the Attorney General’s office.
According to legal documents sent from the Attorney General’s office, six charges were filed against Anderson and Eastland Hills Estates, including discharging water contaminants in the form of sediment, soil runoff and soil and rock particulate matter, failure to comply with public notification requirements and failure to comply with inspection requirements. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources also showed that Eastland Hills Estates failed to put up erosion control structures.
Hominy Branch, “an unclassified tributary of Hominy Creek,” was affected by the runoff, according to the press release.
Legal documents state that the defendant has agreed to pay the fine without admitting fault or liability.