News Release 008

Darryl Garrison, Brison Mechanical, referred to Attorney General for enforcement action for violations of Missouri Water Well Driller’s Act

Volume 39-008 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

ROLLA, MO, JAN 21, 2011 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred Darryl Garrison, Brison Mechanical, located in St. Louis to the Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action.

Garrison was referred to the attorney general's office for failure to comply with the Missouri Well Construction Rules, including failure to obtain a permit to operate in the state as a heat pump installation contractor, which violates Missouri's Water Well Driller's Act and Regulations.

Garrison was acting as the primary contractor for six heat pump systems located in the St. Louis area without the appropriate, required permit.

The Missouri Water Well Driller's Act and its implementing regulations exist 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 well drillers to maintain compliance with the standards set out in the law.

The department's main goal in any enforcement action is to work with the contractor to successfully achieve compliance with the requirements and then ensure they have the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used as an incentive to ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with contractors to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to come into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the attorney general.