News Release 426

Algiere Salvage in Callaway County referred to Attorney General for enforcement action

Volume 37-426 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 12, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Clean Water Commission have asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against Algiere Salvage in Callaway County for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law and Regulations.

The department presented the case to the Clean Water Commission at its Sept. 2 meeting in Springfield. The commission voted to give George Algiere, owner of Algiere Salvage LLC, an additional 45 days to work with the department's enforcement staff to resolve the situation. To date, the department and Algiere Salvage have not been able to reach an agreement. Therefore, the department is referring the case to the Attorney General's Office to compel compliance and to seek an appropriate civil penalty for violations at the site.

Algiere Salvage is located on approximately 50 acres in Callaway County. Stormwater from Algiere Salvage discharges to a tributary to Cedar Creek according to its Missouri State Operating Permit. During an inspection of Algiere Salvage, staff observed an unpermitted land disturbance site with Best Management Practices, or BMPs, that were poorly maintained or not in place resulting in sediment deposits offsite and in the receiving stream. The department requires any land disturbance activity greater than one acre to obtain a general Stormwater permit for land disturbance activities. The general Stormwater permit requires the permittee to implement and maintain BMPs on-site to prevent uncontrolled runoff from depositing sediment into waters of the state. Excessive sediment loading in surface waters impairs aquatic ecosystems and uncontrolled runoff from land disturbance sites is a major source of sediment deposition.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect public and environmental health, and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

The department's enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The department's main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure they have the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used as a deterrent to ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before the issue is brought to the commission. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.

Additional information about the commission, including supporting documents related to this compliance case, is available on the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/cwc. For more information contact the department's Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.

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