News Release 030

Missouri Department of Natural Resources refers clean water case against Camden County homeowners' association to Attorney General

Volume 38-030 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 25, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Camden County homeowners' association to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for clean water violations.

The department referred the case against the J Bar H Estates Master Association Inc., to the attorney general alleging that the association failed to add a dechlorination system to its wastewater treatment facility by deadlines it had agreed to as part of receiving its state operating permit.

On July 13 and Oct. 19, 2009, department staff inspected the facility, which serves the homes in J Bar H Estates. During the inspections, staff observed vegetative growth and exposed distribution lines in the filter beds; exposed piping at the pumping station; and corrosion around the electrical components of the control panel. Staff also noted that no dechlorination system had been installed. Chemical analysis of an effluent sample taken during an inspection found fecal coliform levels in violation of permit limitations.

The Missouri 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 main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used ensure future compliance by removing 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.

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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