News Release 504

Thomas Shoemaker dba Reflections Condominiums Owner’s Association referred to Attorney General for enforcement action for Missouri Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Law violations

Volume 37-504 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 31, 2009-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred Thomas W. Shoemaker, Sr., dba Reflections Condominiums Owner’s Association, located in Camdenton to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for wastewater and drinking water violations. Reflections Condominiums failed to respond to an offer to resolve violations associated with the wastewater treatment facility and the public water supply, which violates Missouri’s Clean Water Law as well as Missouri’s Safe Drinking Water Law and Regulations.

In June of 2005, the department discovered the concrete aeration basin, a portion of the wastewater treatment system which serves to treat wastewater from the Reflections Condominiums, was cracked and wastewater was seeping through these cracks. The department believes these cracks compromise the structural stability of the basin and has requested Shoemaker to repair or replace the structure. Additionally, the department has been in contact with Shoemaker to correct deficiencies in the water supply system. Deficiencies identified by the department include the lack of adequate ground storage tanks and booster pumps and distribution lines that do not conform with the plans and specifications approved by the department. Due to the drinking water system’s current deficiencies, the department has not issued a permit to dispense water to the Reflections Condominiums.

Missouri's Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Laws exist to protect public and environmental health and the department is responsible for enforcing these laws 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 future violations and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. 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.

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