News Release 541

Department refers Ginger Cove Subdivision Property Owners to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-541 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 20, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Camden County subdivision to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office alleging violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against the Ginger Cove Subdivision Property Owners Association, which owns and operates the Ginger Cove Subdivision wastewater treatment facility, to the attorney general alleging the facility lacked an appropriate disinfection system; allowed partially treated wastewater to leak from the system; and discharged treated wastewater that failed to meet several requirements of the clean water law.

Staff inspected the facility in October and again in April, documenting on both occasions the facility lacked the proper system to disinfect the treated wastewater before it is released. The inspectors also found evidence that partially-treated wastewater was leaking from the facility, and, based on samples collected during the inspections, treated wastewater from the facility exceeded the limits for biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids and fecal coliform.

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.