News Release 634

Department of Natural Resources refers Hallsville case to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-634 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 3, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the city of Hallsville to the Missouri Attorney General's Office, alleging violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law and Regulations.  

The department referred the case to the attorney general alleging numerous Clean Water Law violations at the city’s land application system, located near the intersection between Route U and MO 124 in Hallsville. 

Since July 2009 the department has conducted inspections of the city’s no-discharge land application system and its collection system.  Inspectors observed unauthorized discharges of wastewater from the storage basin through the emergency outfall into Kelley Branch. The city’s wastewater permit requires it to store the wastewater and land apply during suitable conditions so there is no discharge from the lagoon.

In addition, the city has failed to submit complete and timely annual operations reports, discharge monitoring reports, and inflow and infiltration reports to the department, as required by its operating permit.  Furthermore, department records indicate that the wastewater treatment facility exceeded its permitted limits for ammonia as nitrogen on several occasions since May 2009.

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.