News Release 502

Department of Natural Resources refers condominium owners association to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-502 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 26, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Camden County condominium owners association to the Missouri Attorney General's Office for violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against the Hyd-A-Way Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Camdenton, to the attorney general alleging Missouri Clean Water Law violations. The violations include making changes to the association’s wastewater treatment facility without the proper permit and failing to properly maintain the facility.

"Enforcing the Missouri Clean Water Law directly relates to protecting public health and the environment," said Mark N. Templeton, director of the Department of Natural Resources. "We try to work with a facility first to address the problem, but if it fails to take the needed steps, we must pursue legal action."

Department staff inspected the Hyd-A-Way Cove Condominiums wastewater treatment facility on October 14 and April 20. During the inspections, staff observed a dechlorination system was installed without a department-approved construction permit, cracks in the basin walls and evidence of wastewater leaking from the facility, all of which are violations of the Missouri 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 with the standards set out in the law.

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 it has the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used 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 public health and the environment, the department will refer the case.