News Release 026

Department of Natural Resources refers Morgan County homeowners' association's clean water case to attorney general for enforcement action

Volume 38-026
(For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 21, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred the case against a Morgan County homeowners' association to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for clean water violations.

The department referred the case against the Millstone Townhouses Owners' Association to the attorney general alleging that Millstone failed to complete construction of a dechlorination system as part of the wastewater treatment facility operates to serve the homes in the Millstone Townhouses.

The dechlorination system was required in order to meet effluent limitations by Jan.1, 2009, as required by the facility's operating permit. Failure to meet the requirements of the operating permit is a violation of the Missouri Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations.

On Oct. 20, 2009, department staff inspected the facility serving the Millstone Townhouses. During the inspection, staff saw that no dechlorination system had been installed.

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 main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used ensure future compliance by removing 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.