News Release 668

Department of Natural Resources refers St. Charles County residential developer to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-668 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 30, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a residential developer  in  St. Charles County to the Missouri Attorney Generals Office for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Michael Sellenschuetter, formerly of Dean Homes, to the attorney general alleging numerous Clean Water Law violations that occurred at the Oakridge Condominiums, 2700 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.

During a series of inspections of the Oakridge Condominiums beginning in August 2009 department staff observed that steps taken by the developer to prevent erosion were insufficient to prevent sediment from entering a creek adjacent to the development. During one inspection staff also collected a sample of the stormwater discharging from the development and found the sample violated the permitted limitation for settleable solids – particles that settle out of the water -- by 5,600 percent.

Due to the continuous nature of these violations, the department has referred this matter directly to the Missouri State Attorney General’s Office.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect human 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 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.