News Release 011

G.A.A.R., LLC and B & R Capital Resources referred to Attorney General for enforcement action for wastewater violations

Volume 38-011 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 12, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred G.A.A.R., LLC and B & R Capitol Resources to the Attorney General's Office for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law and Regulations occurring at Playhouse Lounge, located off 317 NW Highway 50, near Warrensburg, in Johnson County.

The wastewater treatment facility serving Playhouse Lounge consists of a septic tank and a single cell wastewater treatment lagoon. Effluent from the wastewater treatment lagoon discharges to a tributary to Devil's Branch. Since December 2008, the department has conducted five inspections of the wastewater treatment lagoon. During these inspections, staff observed partially treated wastewater overtopping and seeping through the lagoon berms and discharging off the property. Staff documented the area around the lagoon contains pools of partially treated wastewater and is creating a marshy wetland. In addition, staff observed trash and beer bottles in the lagoon and excessive vegetation covering the berms.

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.