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J.H. Berra Construction Co. Inc. et al.

St. Louis, MO: (Jul-19-07) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Missouri, and the city of Wildwood filed a lawsuit against J.H. Berra Construction Co. Inc., JHB Properties Inc., J.H. Berra Holding Co. Inc., JMB No. 2 LLC, and CMB Rhodes LLC, all connected to J.H. Berra Construction, one of the largest developers in the St. Louis area, following a report by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The report carried complaints from neighbors about heavy discharges into the surrounding waterways. The lawsuit against the defendants alleged that the St. Louis developers were responsible for polluting streams and lakes with runoff from three construction sites.

In a settlement reached, the developers were ordered to adhere to a strict compliance program at future construction projects, clean up past pollution, and pay $590,000, one of the largest environmental penalties in state history. In addition, the defendants will implement remedial plans for the pollution caused by the runoff and reimburse more than $52,000 to the state of Missouri and the city of Wildwood for their costs of investigation and enforcement. [ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE: CONSTRUCTION RUNOFF]

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Published on Jul-22-07


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