News Release 500

Department of Natural Resources refers Camden County homeowners association to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-500 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 26, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Camden County homeowners association to the Missouri Attorney General's Office alleging violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against the Falls Point Homeowners Association to the attorney general alleging clean water law violations at the Town Homes of the Falls wastewater treatment facility, which the association owns and operates.

"Although we'd prefer to bring facilities like these back into compliance with the Missouri Clean Water Law through voluntary steps, it's important that we have -- and are willing to use -- legal options to protect both public health and the environment," said Mark N. Templeton, director of the Department of Natural Resources.

 Department staff inspected the facility in October and April, documenting in both cases a lack of chlorine in the facility’s disinfection system and vegetation growing on the sand filter bed, which is a sign of lack of maintenance at the facility.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect public health and the environment, and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations. The department’s enforcement actions help protect public health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance with the standards set out in the law.

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 it has the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used to 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 public health and the environment, the department will refer the case.