News Release 425

George Cook and the property owners in the Skyview Subdivision referred to Attorney General for enforcement action for wastewater violations

Volume 37-425 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 12, 2009-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred Mr. George Cook and the property owners in the Skyview Subdivision, located in Stone County, to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law.

Department staff conducted a complaint investigation at the Skyview Subdivision and found a pump had been installed in a lift station that was pumping sewage from the lift station into a tributary to Table Rock Lake. Staff immediately contacted Cook and requested he immediately begin pumping and hauling and continue pumping and hauling wastewater from the lift station to prevent the lift station from discharging.

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'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 to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.

For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.