Department of Natural Resources refers two cases to Attorney General for enforcement action

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-278 For immediate release: Aug. 26, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against a Missouri water supplier and a mobile home park for alleged violations of Missouri's Clean Water and Solid Waste Laws.

The Department asked the Attorney General to take enforcement action against East Fork Subdivision located near Reed Springs in Taney County and Paradise Estates Mobile Home Park located off Cedar Hill Road and State Highway B near Cedar Hill in Jefferson County.

East Fork Subdivision failed to apply for and obtain a Permit to Dispense drinking water to the public, failed to monitor for microbiological contaminants for the months of April and May 2009, failed to obtain written authorization from the Department prior to construction, alteration or extension of the water system, failed to construct a well that conforms to the construction standards for a community water supply well, failed to acquire or maintain the services of a chief operator for the system certified at the Class DS-1 level or higher, failed to comply with the requirements for a permanent organization that will serve as a continuing operating authority for the management, operation, replacement and modernization for the public water supply and failed to comply with the requirements for minimum technical, managerial and financial capacity requirements for the community water system.

Paradise Mobile Home Park has two single-cell lagoons serving the park.  The Department conducted five inspections since Nov. 20, 2006 finding both lagoons in a state of disrepair.  The receiving stream had observable impacts as a result of waste matter from Paradise Estates, which included murky water, sludge and solids in the stream and an objectionable odor in and around both outfalls. Inspectors also observed a pool of untreated wastewater and sludge underneath one mobile home from an unreported Sanitary Sewer Overflow with evidence flowing directly to the receiving stream.  In addition, Paradise has failed to meet compliance schedules to meet final permit effluent limits as required by Missouri State Operating Permit number MO-0090051.  Lastly, Paradise Estates has regularly exceeded permitted fecal coliform effluent limits contained in their operating permit.  Due to the regular and serious nature of these violations, the Department has referred this matter directly to the Missouri State Attorney General's Office.

For more information contact the Department's Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.