News Release 043

Monroe City man referred to attorney general for solid waste violations

Volume 39-043 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAR. 3, 2011, -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred the case against a Monroe City man to the Missouri Attorney General's Office alleging the illegal disposal of solid waste.

The department referred the case against Earl Wayne Karr, Monroe City, to the attorney general alleging that Karr improperly dumped waste on property he used to own off CR245 near Monroe City in Marion County.

Since first noting the violations at Karr's property in September 2008, the department has visited the site four times and issued a letter of warning and a notice of violation. The department made multiple attempts to contact Karr to reach a resolution and gain voluntary compliance, but has not received an adequate response from him.

Missouri's Solid Waste Management Law exists to protect public and environmental health and the department is responsible for enforcing the law.

The department's main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a property owner to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure he has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used as an incentive to ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with individuals to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to return to compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.