The Lincoln Road RV Park in the north Helena Valley near Helena, Mont., is facing a civil lawsuit in federal court brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), charging that it failed to monitor its water, collect samples of water after it tested positive for fecal coliform bacteria and notify the public and authorities of violations.
Violations mentioned in the complaint, filed Tuesday (Jan. 10) in U.S. District Court in Helena, go back more than a decade and continue to November 2011, the Helena Independent Record reported.
The RV Park paid a $3,000 fine (plus interest and late fees) in December 2009 for violations but continued to violate monitoring and reporting requirements, the complaint says.
Maximum penalties could reach $37,500 per day of violation after Jan. 12, 2009, with smaller penalties for violations before that.
The complaint does not allege that anyone became ill from the water but notes that fecal coliform bacteria can cause short-term health problems such as diarrhea, cramps and nausea, with greater risk to infants, the elderly and others.
Managers of the RV park did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment. Its outgoing phone message said water at the RV park was shut off for the winter on Oct. 15.