News Release 636

Department of Natural Resources refers Taney County subdivision property owners association to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-636 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 4, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Taney County property owners association to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against developer Stephen Redford and the Emory Creek Ranch Property Owners Association to the attorney general alleging Clean Water Law violations that occurred at the collection system and wastewater treatment facility serving Emory Creek Ranch subdivision, located north of Branson in Taney County.

On Oct. 8, 2009, the department received a report of a bypass at the collection system, and on Nov. 9, 2009, and June 26, 2010, department staff investigated reports of sanitary sewer overflows and observed sewage discharging from a manhole and flowing into a roadside ditch.  Staff also found that the wastewater treatment facility was receiving wastewater generated by the homes in the Emory Creek Ranch subdivision and discharging effluent without a Missouri State Operating Permit, in violation of 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 they have the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used to ensure future compliance and to remove 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.