News Release 099

Department of Natural Resources refers clean water case against Benton County mobile home park to attorney general

Volume 38-099 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 5, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case against a Benton County mobile home park to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violation of Missouri's Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Lake Hills RV and Mobile Home Park, owned by the Elinor Reed Trust, to the attorney general for clean water law violations at the park, located off Highway MM, near Warsaw.

The park's wastewater treatment facility, which serves 15 mobile homes and recreation vehicles, consists of a single cell lagoon. Effluent from the facility discharges to an unnamed tributary to Blue Branch to the Lake of the Ozarks.

The department inspected the facility in October and discovered the facility failed to apply for renewal of its operating permit at least 180 days before the date of expiration; installed an aerator at the facility without first receiving a construction permit; failed to operate and maintain the facility to comply with the clean water law and applicable permit conditions; failed to submit accurate and timely discharge monitoring reports; caused pollution to waters of the state, or placed a water contaminant in a location where it is reasonably certain to cause pollution of waters of the state; and failed to comply with the effluent limits set forth in its operating permit.

Due to the continuous nature of these violations, the department referred this matter directly to the attorney general.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect public health and the environment, 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 achieve and maintain compliance. The main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with regulatory standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be assessed to 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 to the attorney general.

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