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Mo. mine referred to attorney general for clean water violations

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This image from Google maps shows the approximate location of the Monroe Co. mine under investigation by attorney general Chris Koster

A northeast Missouri clay mine faces criminal charges over violations of the state's Clean Water Law.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the Joe Gilliam Mining Company hasn't had a permit to operate the mine since July 2009. Before its previous permit expired, mine owners didn't submit required annual reports and fees.

It was the ongoing nature of the violations that prompted the DNR to send the case to Attorney General Chris Koster, the DNR said in a press release.

State records indicate the compan was created in 1967.  It extracts kaolin and ball clay

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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