Hazardous Waste Program

GETS Global Signaling LLC
Final Hazardous Waste Permit

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 issued final hazardous waste permits to GETS Global Signaling, LLC. The Department issued the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit. EPA issued the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. The final permits require GETS to continue post-closure care, including groundwater monitoring, to make sure the contaminated groundwater does not threaten human health or the environment. The permits also outline the options that will be pursued in the event that the contaminated groundwater moves off-site or downward significantly in the soil

GETS is located at 2712 South Dillingham Road in Grain Valley and manufactures electronic signal instruments for the railroad industry. In 1987, plant management realized that the way they handled their waste circuit board cleaning solvent did not follow existing environmental laws, causing the waste solvents to be periodically poured onto the ground. The waste solvent contains mainly trichloroethylene, also known as TCE. GETS notified the Department of the release and changed their handling practices. Since that time, GETS set up a groundwater monitoring program and soil cleanup program in the area where the waste solvent was released. The contamination is limited to a small area on the facility property.

The public can view and copy the final Part I and Part II Permits and supporting documents at the Mid-Continent Public Library, Grain Valley Branch, during normal business hours, by appointment only at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Hazardous Waste Program, 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City or at the EPA Region 7 Records Center, 901 N. Fifth St., Kansas City, Kan.

Any adversely affected or aggrieved party may pursue an appeal of the Department’s Part I Permit by filing a petition with the Administrative Hearing Commission by Oct. 30, according to the procedures outlined in the Code of State Regulations 10 CSR 25-2.020 and Missouri Revised Statutes, Sections 260.395.11 and 621.250, RSMo. Appeals must be sent to the Administrative Hearing Commission, P.O. Box 1557, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or by fax to 573-751-5018. The Department also requests a copy of the appeal request be provided to Robert Geller, Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176.

There were no comments made on the draft Part II Permit during the public comment period.  For information concerning appeal procedures for the Part II Permit, please see Code of Federal Regulations 40 CFR 124.19(a).

You may call or write the Department at any time to request to have your name placed on GETS’ mailing list. By doing this, you will receive notice from the Department or GETS on any major permitting and cleanup activities at the facility.

For more information on the Part I Permit, please contact Maria Kargus, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. You can also reach Kargus by telephone at 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827 or by email(add a link to her email address here…maria.kargus@dnr.mo.gov). Hearing and speech-impaired individuals may reach Kargus through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

For more information on the Part II Permit, please contact Wray Rohrman, EPA Region 7, Waste Remediation and Permitting Branch, 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219. You can also reach Rohrman by telephone at 913-551-7543 or 800-223-0425 or by email.