News Release 093

Department of Natural Resources refers solid waste case against Camden County couple to attorney general for legal action

Volume 38-093 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 4, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Camden County couple to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of Missouri Solid Waste Management Law.

The department referred the case against Tim and Rhonda Brutsman to the attorney general alleging the Camdenton couple violated their 2006 agreement with the department to clean up a large volume of old dock foam and other regulated solid waste from a site on Highway 7-3 in Camden County.

The previous owner of the site had accumulated the dock foam with the intention of operating a paint ball activity park. The Brutsmans assumed responsibility for the property in June 2007, having agreed to properly dispose of the foam and other solid waste.

The lack of progress with the clean up activity has forced the department to refer the Brutsmans' case to the attorney general for operating an unpermitted solid waste dump site in violation of solid waste law.

Missouri's Solid Waste Management 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 Solid Waste Management Program at 573-751-5401 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.