News Release 638

Department of Natural Resources refers Taney county developer and property owners’ association to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-638 (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 former Taney County wastewater treatment facility/property owner and property owners’ association to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations.

The department referred the case against Glance Inc. and the Meadow Ridge Property Owners’ Association to the attorney general alleging numerous Missouri Clean Water Law violations that occurred at the wastewater treatment facility serving the Meadow Ridge and Horizon Hills subdivisions, located northeast of Branson. 

Since March 2, 2007, the department has conducted five inspections of the facility serving the subdivisions.  During these inspections, staff observed that that the facility was not operating properly to adequately treat wastewater and that sludge and solids were present in the receiving stream. A chemical analysis of effluent samples revealed that the effluent was in violation of permit limitations.

Due to the chronic and serious nature of these violations, the department has referred this matter directly to the Missouri 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.