News Release 438

Clean Water Commission refers Dunklin County mobile home park to attorney general for water violations

Volume 38-438 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG 2, 2010 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Clean Water Commission referred a Dunklin County mobile home park to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law.

The commission voted to refer the case of Bonnie Parr Mobile Home Park to the attorney general to compel compliance and to seek an appropriate civil penalty for violations. The department contacted the owners of this subdivision several times, but has not received an adequate response.

Bonnie Parr Mobile Home Park, owned by Bonnie Parr, is located in Kennett and consists of 180 lots that are 50 feet by 100 feet. Currently about 130 adults and children are living in the subdivision. Parr has not provided for any type of sewage collection and treatment system but has allowed each individual lot owner to install an onsite system. 

Due to the size of the lots, only centralized sewage collection and treatment is acceptable for the development. The unapproved onsite wastewater treatment systems place water contaminants in a location where they are reasonably certain to cause pollution of the Shallow Southeast Lowlands Aquifer, a violation of Missouri’s Clean Water Law. 

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 public 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 ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before the issue is brought to the commission. In situations where the responsible party fails to bring the facilities into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the cases to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.

Additional information about the commission, including supporting documents related to this compliance case, is available on the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/cwc. 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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