Missouri finds violators along Spring River

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) - State officials have found that about 20 percent of the businesses and towns with permits to discharge into the Spring River were out of compliance recently with regulations, but most have since been brought back into compliance.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said it has finished its Spring River initiative and found that 13 of 66 of those permitted to discharge into the river were not in compliance. The Joplin Globe reported that all but three of those were back in compliance this fall.

DNR spokeswoman Renee Bungart said one of those cases has been recommended for more aggressive enforcement Bungart said DNR agents have also been working with the two other companies that received letters of warning because of problems.

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