News Release 503

Donald Collier Jr. referred to Attorney General for enforcement action for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 37-503 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 31, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred Donald Collier Jr. in O’Fallon, St. Charles County, to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for wastewater violations.

Collier, a developer, has failed to operate and maintain the wastewater treatment facility at Majestic Lakes Subdivision in Lincoln County. Collier also failed to pay delinquent permit and penalty fees for permits he is required to maintain to conduct land disturbance activities at Quail Run and Autumn Hills Mobile Home Parks in Lincoln County and Stone Ridge Canyon residential development in St. Charles County, which violates Missouri’s Clean Water Law and Regulations.

The concrete basin of the wastewater treatment facility serving the Majestic Lakes Subdivision has extensive cracks, indicating the basin was not constructed according to plans approved by the department. Department staff also documented rain and groundwater infiltrating the collection system have caused the contents of the treatment plant to overflow into Crooked Creek during heavy rainfall events. Land disturbance activities have been conducted at Quail Run Mobile Home without maintaining erosion control structures and the wastewater treatment lagoon is not being properly maintained or operated. Additionally, the permits required by the Missouri Clean Water Law to operate wastewater treatment systems and conduct land disturbance are not being maintained for the activities occurring at Quail Run and Autumn Hills Mobile Home Parks and Stone Ridge Canyon Subdivision.

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 a deterrent to future violations 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.