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Jefferson County mobile home park agrees to county takeover of sewage lagoon to protect Big River

Jefferson County mobile home park agrees to county takeover of sewage lagoon to protect Big River

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JEFFERSON COUNTY — An 80-acre mobile home park here has agreed to a county sewer district takeover of its sewage system to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed it was polluting the Big River.

The Jefferson County Public Sewer District will take over operation of the park’s wastewater lagoon and connect it to their system, according to the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, which announced the settlement Monday.

“Since 2015, the defendant had flagrantly disregarded several notices from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that they were in significant non-compliance with their water pollution permit,” said Great Rivers lawyer Bob Menees in the announcement. “Unfortunately, they continued using Missouri’s shared waters as their private dumping ground.”

In the settlement, Byrnes Mill Farms LLC and owner Mobile Home Park Investment Inc. denied violating the Clean Water Act. As part of the deal, they have also agreed to pay $5,000 to a nonprofit. The money will be used to improve the water quality of the river.

Great Rivers sued in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in January on behalf of Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper.

The story was updated June 10 to more accurately name the entity taking over wastewater operations. It is the Jefferson County Public Sewer District. 

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