News Release 395
Clear Cove Landing Homeowners Association in Stone County referred to Attorney General for enforcement action
Volume 37-395 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 22, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against Clear Cove Landing Homeowners Association II for violations of the Missouri's Clean Water Law and Regulations. The violations occurred at the wastewater treatment facility serving the Clear Cove Landing Subdivision in Stone County.
The wastewater treatment facility, located Stone County Road, OO-10, near Reed Springs, serving the Clear Cove Landing residential subdivision consists of a recirculating sand filter, with ultraviolet disinfection and chemical addition to facilitate phosphorus removal.
Since October 2006, the department has conducted five inspections of the facility and documented a fence has not been installed around the perimeter of the facility to restrict entry by children, livestock or unauthorized people. The department also found the filter beds were clogged with vegetation and observed partially treated wastewater in the sand filter was very close to overflowing the edge of the sand filter, posing an immediate threat to Table Rock Lake. In addition, the facility's operating permit expired on Sept. 5, 2007, and the association has not submitted an application to renew its permit, or the annual permit fees for the past three years.
Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect public and environmental health and 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'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.
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.
For more information contact the department's Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.