- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has filed a lawsuit accusing a Lincoln County developer of violating the state’s water laws.

Attorney General Chris Koster said Tuesday in a release that the lawsuit filed Monday accuses Butch Menne of claiming lots in a Ralls County subdivision were being sold with approved wastewater-treatment systems, when they did not have approved systems. Koster says lots that were eventually sold violated the Missouri Clean Water law by using holding tanks for waste instead of proper wastewater treatment.

Lot owners then had to replace the tanks with approved septic systems.

The state is seeking restitution for the lot owners as well as an order prohibiting Menne from future sales of the lots.

Menne did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

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