News Release 661

Department of Natural Resources refers Boone County mobile home park owner to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-661 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 24, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against the owner of a Boone County mobile home park to the Missouri Attorney General's Office alleging violations of Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against John Payne, owner of the Little City Mobile Home Park, located on Hwy 22 west of Centralia in Boone County, alleging violations of Missouri Clean Water Law. The violations are related to operation of the site’s wastewater treatment facility, which discharges wastewater into a tributary to the Long Branch Creek.

Department staff inspected the mobile home park’s wastewater lagoon on Oct. 19 and found the facility had failed to submit required sampling reports and failed to apply for renewal of the Missouri State Operating Permit.  Staff also observed the lagoon’s berms are damaged due to erosion and burrowing animals.

  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.