City Council voting to hire lawyer to appeal EPA decision

Sunday, April 17, 2011 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:20 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 1, 2011

COLUMBIA — The City Council is expected to vote Monday to hire law firm Lathrop & Gage to represent the city in its appeal of the 'Environmental Protection Agency's recommendations to clean up Hinkson creek. 

Attorneys David Shorr, James Moeller, Matthew Corbin and Jessica Rosell will represent Boone County and the Board of Curators for the University of Missouri System as well as the city, according to city documents.

The recommendations, called total maximum daily load, were issued by the EPA on Jan. 31 and call for a 39.6 percent reduction in urban stormwater runoff.

The cost of the appeal is estimated at $150,000, and the city, county, and the system will split that sum three ways.

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