News Release 684

Camden County subdivision referred to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-684 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 7, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Camden County subdivision to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against the Village of Summer’s Point to the attorney general alleging numerous Missouri Clean Water Law violations that occurred at the subdivision’s wastewater treatment facility, located on Lake Road 5-84 (Bear Paw Road) in Camdenton. 

During inspections of the facility, staff discovered it was operating without a valid operating permit and observed several operations and maintenance deficiencies.  Due to the continuous nature of these violations, the department has referred this matter directly to the Attorney General’s Office.

The Missouri Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations exist 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 that the facility 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 human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the attorney general.