November 17, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit in Camden County against Buccaneer Bay, LLC, and its principal organizer, Ronald Duggan, for violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law.
Koster said the company owns and operates Captain Ron's, a restaurant and resort in Sunrise Beach. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cited Buccaneer Bay for violations in its operation of Captain Ron's wastewater treatment facility. The defendants allowed sludge and solids to build up and collect in the treatment facility, compromising the ability to process and treat the wastewater adequately. In addition, the defendants exceeded Buccaneer Bay's permitted effluent limitations on several occasions; failed to submit the required one-year evaluation of the treatment facility; and failed to install the required five-feet high fence to prevent unauthorized entry to the facility.
"The defendants were given the opportunity to correct violations of Missouri's clean water laws but were unwilling to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance," Koster said "This office will aggressively pursue those who show disregard for our environmental laws."
Koster is asking the court to issue preliminary and permanent injunctions requiring the defendants to comply with the Clean Water Law; to assess a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 per day for each violation of the Clean Water Law; and to require the defendants to pay all costs associated with the case.