News Release 042

Audrain County mobile home park referred to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 39-042 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAR. 3, 2011-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against an Audrain County mobile home park to the Missouri Attorney General's Office for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Charles Bellamy, owner of Oakcrest Mobile Home Park, 22246 AR 9832, Mexico, to the attorney general alleging numerous Clean Water Law violations that occurred at the wastewater treatment facility serving the mobile home park.

Since January 2007, the department has conducted three compliance inspections at the facility. During these inspections, department staff observed the facility was not being operated properly, which resulted in sludge being observed in and/or around the outfall pipe and in the receiving stream.

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 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.