News Release 501

Department of Natural Resources refers Camden County amphitheater owners to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law Violations

Volume 38-501 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

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

The department referred the case against Anthony and Lisa Ann Oddo, owners of the Lake Ozark Amphitheater, Camdenton, alleging violations of Missouri Clean Water Law related to condition of the site’s wastewater treatment facility and its improper discharge of wastewater into a tributary to the Lake of the Ozarks.

"Enforcing Missouri's Clean Water Law directly relates to protecting public health and the environment," said Mark N. Templeton, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.. "We try to work with a business first to address the problem, but if it fails to take the necessary steps, we must pursue legal action."

On June 17 the department inspected an unpermitted holding tank serving the Lake Ozark Amphitheater.  During the inspection, staff observed several cracks and evidence of wastewater bypassing the holding tank.  Staff also observed a significant hole in the corner of the holding tank approximately one foot above ground level and evidence below the hole of wastewater having escaped, which would violate the Missouri Clean Water Law.

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.