News Release 002

Bud Simmons Enterprises Inc. referred to the Attorney General for enforcement action for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-002 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 4, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred Bud Simmons Enterprises which owns and operates the Mariner Pier 31 Yacht Club, formerly known as the Mariner Yacht Club and Marina (the Club) located in Camden County to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action.

On Oct. 7, the department conducted an inspection of the facility serving the Club as part of a sweep ordered by Gov. Jay Nixon. During this inspection, staff found that a dechlorination system had not been installed at the facility as required by its permit, and that Bud Simmons Enterprises failed to submit to the department complete and timely Discharge Monitoring Reports as required by Missouri State Operating Permit number MO-0126217 in violation of the Missouri Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations.

The Missouri 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.