News Release 698

Monroe County clay mining Company referred to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-698 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 28, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Monroe County clay mining company to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against the Joe Gilliam Mining Company to the attorney general alleging numerous violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law that occurred at the clay mine and loading area, located northwest of the Route U and U.S. Highway 24 intersection near Paris. 

The company’s state permit expired in July 2009, and the company has failed to apply for renewal or termination of that permit. While operating under the previous permit, the company failed to submit required annual reports and fees.

Due to the chronic 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.