News Release 209

Department refers Benton County mobile home park to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-209 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 12, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case of a Benton County mobile home park to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Kaysinger Mobile Home Court, located off Highway MM, near Lake Ozark, to the attorney general alleging the facility failed to maintain its wastewater treatment system properly and failed to properly monitor the quality of the treated wastewater released from the system.

The wastewater treatment facility serving the mobile home court consists of a single cell lagoon.  Effluent from the lagoon discharges to an unnamed tributary to South Fork and then to the Lake of the Ozarks.

During inspections of Kaysinger’s lagoon, department staff observed lagoon berms were overgrown with trees and brush, sludge deposits at the end of the discharge pipe and inadequate fencing. A review of the facility’s file revealed that required reports documenting the quality of the effluent had not been submitted.

The department also alleges the operators of the lagoon failed to prevent and report the sludge discharges; placed water contaminants in a location where they were reasonably certain to cause water pollution, and discharged contaminants that reduced water quality.

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 refers 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.