News Release 618

Department of Natural Resources refers Jasper County gas station to Attorney General’s Office for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-618 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 26, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Jasper County gas station/travel plaza to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations.

The department referred the case against CFJ Properties and Pilot Travel Centers to the Attorney General’s Office alleging numerous Clean Water Law violations that occurred at the Flying J Travel Plaza, 11570 Highway FF, Joplin. 

On June 3, 2010, the department inspected Flying J Travel Plaza and discovered that a stream that receives stormwater that runs off from the site was black with a diesel odor. Chemical analysis of a water sample being discharged from the site revealed that contained oil and grease at levels that violated the site’s permit effluent limits.   A review of discharge monitoring reports submitted to the department reveal that since 2005, oil and grease levels were in violation of permit effluent limitations.

Due to the continuous nature of these violations, the department has referred this matter directly to the Missouri State Attorney General’s Office.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect human 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.