News Release 441

Sherri Jones, PSI Environmental, referred to attorney general for enforcement action for violations of Missouri Water Well Driller’s Act

Volume 38-441 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Hylan Beydler

ROLLA, MO, AUG. 4, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against Sherri Jones, employed by PSI Environmental, located in Kansas City, Kan.  Jones was referred to the Attorney General’s Office for failure to comply with the Missouri Well Construction Rules, including failure to obtain a permit to operate in the state as a monitoring well installation contractor, which violates Missouri’s Water Well Driller’s Act and Regulations.

Ms. Jones was acting as the primary contractor on a monitoring well site in St. Louis, for Washington University without the appropriate, required permit.

"When individuals or businesses violate the law and are unable or unwilling to return to compliance, we will ask the attorney general to pursue legal action to protect public health and our state’s resources,” said Mark N. Templeton, Director of the Department of Natural Resources.

Missouri's Water Well Driller’s Act 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 well drillers to maintain compliance. The department’s main goal in any enforcement action is to work with the contractor to successfully achieve compliance with the requirements and then ensure they have the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used as an incentive to ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with contractors to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to come into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General’s Office for legal action.