News Release 300
Miller's Motor Lodge in Butler County sent to Attorney General for enforcement action
Volume 37-300 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 4, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against Miller's Motor Lodge in Butler County for violations of Missouri's Safe Drinking Water Law. The Department contacted the business owners of this site multiple times, but has not received an adequate response.
The Department's enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. 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 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.
Miller's Motor Lodge failed to monitor and meet drinking water standards for microbiological contaminants, failed to certify to the Department that public notification was made for previous violations, and failed to pay required laboratory and administrative fees to the state. This public water system failed to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Law and Regulations. While these violations are not a serious threat to the natural environment, they do present a serious and ongoing threat to the public who are subjected to serious risks of health and welfare. The risks are even more serious for the very young, aged or those who due to illness have compromised or weakened immune systems.
Missouri's Safe Drinking Water Law exists to protect public and environmental health. The Department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations. The Department referred the case to the Attorney General's Office to compel compliance and to seek an appropriate civil penalty for violations at the site.
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 to cooperate to bring the facilities into compliance and be protective of environmental and human health, the Department will refer the cases.
For more information contact the Department's Public Drinking Water Branch at 573-751-5331 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.