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Trucking company alleges East St. Louis property not in violation of Clean Water Act

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By Carrie Bradon | May 8, 2019


BENTON — A trucking company is suing the EPA, alleging it has been wrongfully accused of violating the Clean Water Act.

Petroff Trucking Company Inc., filed a complaint April 29 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging unfair allegations that the plaintiff's property is in violation of the Clean Water Act.

The suit states Petroff Trucking is the owner of property at 650 E. Madison Road in East Saint Louis. The plaintiff claims its property was not built to be part of a navigable waterway and has pipes that are designed to flow water off the property. 

According to the complaint, the pipes predate Petroff's ownership of the property and the property is also surrounded by radio towers. Petroff alleges its property is, by definition, excluded from the Clean Water Act. However, the EPA allegedly argues that the plaintiff's land is in violation of the Clean Water Act and seeks to enforce rules applying to the Clean Water Act. 

Petroff Trucking seeks court costs and fees. It is represented by attorney Thomas G. Maag of Maag Law Firm LLC in Wood River.

U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:19-CV-00463

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