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  444.787.  Investigation by commission, attorney general to file suit — formal complaint procedure. — 1.  The commission shall investigate surface mining operations in the state of Missouri.  If the investigations show that surface mining is being or is going to be conducted without a permit in violation of sections 444.760 to 444.790 or in violation of any revocation order, and the commission has not issued a variance, the commission shall request the attorney general to file suit in the name of the state of Missouri for an injunction and civil penalties not to exceed one thousand dollars per day for each day, or part thereof, the violation has occurred.  Suit may be filed either in the county where the violation occurs or in Cole County.

  2.  If the investigation shows that a surface mining operation for which a permit has been issued is being conducted contrary to or in violation of any provision of sections 444.760 to 444.790 or any rule or regulation promulgated by the commission or any condition imposed on the permit or any condition of the bond, the director may by conference, conciliation and persuasion endeavor to eliminate the violation.  If the violation is not eliminated, the director shall provide to the operator by registered mail a notice describing the nature of the violation, corrective measures to be taken to abate the violation, and the time period for abatement.  Within fifteen days of receipt of this notice the operator may request an informal conference with the director to contest the notice.  The director may modify, vacate or enforce the notice and shall provide notice to the operator of his action within thirty days of the informal conference.  If the operator fails to comply with the notice, as amended by the director, in the time prescribed within the notice, the director shall file a formal complaint with the commission for suspension or revocation of the permit, and for forfeiture of bond, or for appropriate corrective measures.  When the director files a formal complaint, the commission shall cause to have issued and served upon the person complained against a written notice together with a copy of the formal complaint, which shall specify the provision of sections 444.760 to 444.790 or the rule or regulation or the condition of the permit or of the bond of which the person is alleged to be in violation, a statement of the manner in, and the extent to which, the person is alleged to be in violation.  The person complained against may, within fifteen days of receipt of the complaint, request a hearing before the commission.  Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of section 444.789.

  3.  After due consideration of the hearing record, or upon failure of the operator to request a hearing by the date specified in the complaint, the commission shall issue and enter such final order and make such final determination as it shall deem appropriate under the circumstances.  Included in such order and determination may be the revocation of any permit and to cease and desist operations.  The commission shall immediately notify the respondent of its decision in writing by certified mail.

  4.  Any final order or determination or other final action by the commission shall be approved in writing by at least four members of the commission.  The commission shall not issue any permit to any person who has had a permit revoked until the violation that caused the revocation is corrected to the satisfaction of the commission.  Any final order of the commission can be appealed in accordance with chapter 536.

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(L. 1990 H.B. 1584, A.L. 1991 S.B. 45, A.L. 2001 H.B. 453)


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