News Release 635

Department of Natural Resources refers Lake Ozark condo owners association to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-635 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 3, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Lake Ozark condo owners association to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office alleging violations of Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Spinnaker Point Condo Owners Association, 55 Branch Road, alleging violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law related to the condition of the association’s wastewater treatment facility and the association’s compliance with a schedule in the Missouri State Operating Permit.

On April 22, 2010, the department inspected the wastewater treatment facility serving Spinnaker Point.  During the inspection, staff observed wastewater leaking through the sides of the facility.  Staff also noted that the association had failed to submit documentation according to the schedule required by its Missouri State Operating Permit, a violation of the permit and the Missouri Clean Water Law.

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 human 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.