State sues St. Joseph company over stormwater

ST. JOSEPH, MO (AP) - Attorney General Chris Koster alleges in a lawsuit that a St. Joseph company is discharging contaminated stormwater into a creek in the city.

Koster sued Oak Mill, which operates a vegetable oil reclamation facility, for allegedly polluting Whitehead Creek. He says in the civil lawsuit filed Monday that the company has not complied with a 2008 agreement to fix the problem.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Oak Mill reuses soybean oil in animal feed products.

Koster says state inspections have found elevated oil and grease levels in stormwater runoff on Oak Mill's property. And he alleges that Oak Mill did not have the required permits for operation.

Mark Wissehr, an attorney listed as a registered agent for Oak Mill, said he could not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press,

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