June 2, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has obtained Tahoe-Ozark Land Investment's consent to judgment for alleged violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law.
Koster said Tahoe-Ozark Land Investment, LLC, owned and operated an extended aeration wastewater treatment system that serves Captains Galley, a restaurant located in Camdenton. The system discharges into the Lake of the Ozarks. Koster said Tahoe-Ozark's permit authorized the installation of a dechlorination system, but evidence showed an ultraviolet disinfection system was installed instead. Evidence also indicated Tahoe-Ozark failed to maintain the facility, allowing buildup of sludge and corrosion and allowing sediment and trash to clog the weir trough. Water contaminants also were discharged in violation of effluent limits set out in law.
Koster said under the agreement, Tahoe-Ozark Land Investment has paid the state an $8,000 civil penalty and has agreed to resolve all outstanding issues with their wastewater treatment system.
"Missourians have a right to expect that waste systems are installed in compliance with the law so they won't pollute our water," Koster said. "Our office will not look the other way when businesses fail to comply with the law."