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December 2, 2016

Oxford RV & Camping Park to Pay Penalty, Comply with Environmental Laws for Drinking Water & Wastewater Violations

Agreement resolves lawsuit over numerous violations at Sleepy Hollow RV Park & Campground

IOWA CITY – The company that owns an Oxford recreational vehicle and campground park will pay a $20,000 penalty to resolve a lawsuit stemming from a series of water supply, water treatment facility, and open burning violations at the park.

SABEER LLC, which owns Sleepy Hollow RV Park & Campground, agreed to pay the penalty and also agrees to comply with environmental laws that the company previously violated. District Court Judge Sean McPartland approved the agreement through a consent decree filed Thursday in Johnson County District Court. The consent decree resolves a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Attorney General Tom Miller.

SABEER is owned by James and Sandra Gingerich of Wellman.

Last year, the state's Environmental Protection Commission referred the case to Miller's office following repeated violations and a failure to comply with a previous administrative order by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

At the park’s water treatment facility, SABEER failed to comply with a 2011 DNR order to upgrade its water supply system. During various times since 2011, the system has exceeded allowed contaminant and bacteria levels, has not been properly monitored, and has not been operated by someone who is properly certified.

At the park’s wastewater treatment facility, SABEER failed to properly operate and maintain its treatment lagoon, prevent or minimize wastewater discharges, submit required operation reports, and failed to have a certified operator oversee the facility.

In 2014 SABEER also allowed open burning of impermissible materials on its property.

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