Contractor sued over Joplin tornado waste

Apr 2, 2013

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is suing a southwest Missouri company for allegedly dumping tornado waste from Joplin into an abandoned mine shaft.

Koster on Monday announced the suit against Bryan Weldon and Weldon Contractors and Construction LLC of Joplin. It alleges that Weldon dumped about 100 cubic yards of demolition waste from the 2011 Joplin tornado into an abandoned mine shaft near Neck City in Jasper County.

The suit seeks an injunction against further dumping as well as a civil penalty.

Weldon says he has spent thousands of dollars to clean up the site and he thought the case was resolved. He says he been told by a city official it was OK to place the material at the site.