Hazardous Waste Program

Green America Recycling LLC

(Operators: Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC)

EPA ID# MOD054018288

DNR Contact:      Dustin Thoenen, 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827
EPA Contact:      Ken Herstowski, PE, 913-551-7504 or 800-223-0425
Facility Contact:  Andrea Farr, 573-221-6262
Last Updated:     Sept. 30, 2013

Current Activities

Permit Application for Renewal Complete: On Oct. 13, 2009, Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC submitted a permit application to the department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, to renew their existing Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit and Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. The department is inviting the public to review and offer written comments on Green America's permit renewal application while the department conducts a technical review of the permit application.

The public can review and copy the permit application and supporting documents at the Hannibal Free Public Library, 200 S. fifth St., Hannibal (during normal business hours) or the agency locations above. Comments on the permit application are more effective if they point out legal or technical issues. You may submit written comments online or send comments by mail to Dustin Thoenen, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176.

Facility Description

The Green America Recycling LLC site is located at 10107 Highway 79 in Hannibal. The facility name is Green America Recycling LLC (Green America); however, the regulate activities are performed by both Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC. Continental Cement operates the dry process cement kiln, which produces clinker, the main ingredient in Portland cement. Continental Cement uses mainly pulverized coal to heat their kiln. To supplement its fuel needs, Continental Cement also uses non-hazardous waste fuels, such as used oil, and a variety of liquid and solid hazardous waste-derived fuels.

Green America Recycling LLC operates the hazardous waste fuel programs at the permitted facility, which includes receiving, sampling, off-loading, storing and processing the liquid and solid hazardous wastes received at the facility. Some of the hazardous waste comes from on-site operations, but most comes from off-site hazardous waste generators or third party hazardous waste blenders or brokers by way of truck and railcar. The liquid hazardous wastes are "blended" with other hazardous waste to achieve desired fuel characteristics such as BTU value and metals and chlorine content. The resulting wastes are stored in tanks until they are fed to the rotary kiln as liquid fuel. Green America Recycling LLC operates the hazardous waste treatment and storage facility.

The Green America facility stores and treats “characteristic” hazardous waste as well as various F-, K-, P- and U-listed hazardous wastes as specified in its permit application. The permitted areas include six 25,000-gallon liquid storage and blend tanks, two 75,000-gallon burn tanks, one 75,000-gallon storage and blend tank, two containment buildings with a combined capacity of 1,545 cubic yards, five miscellaneous treatment units and four container storage areas with a combined capacity of 599,250 gallons. On June 30, 2010, the department and EPA issued Class 3 Permit Modifications to Green America, allowing them to build one container storage area with a capacity of 290,000 gallons; one 75,000-gallon storage and treatment tank; one 150,000-gallon storage, treatment and burn tank; and a centrifuge with a capacity of 6,600 gallons per hour. On Feb. 25, 2011, the department issued Class 3 Permit Modifications to Green America, allowing them to build one tank storage area with a capacity of 75 cubic yards and one miscellaneous treatment unit to process 470 tons per day. On March 19, 2013, the department issued Class 3 Permit Modifications to Green America Recycling LLC, allowing them to build a Subpart X Miscellaneous Treatment Unit to convert processed solid waste-derived material into a synthetic gas that will be used as alternative fuel in the precalciner portion of the kiln system.

Regulatory Status

Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC are operating under two hazardous waste permits, one issued by the department and one issued by EPA, both effective Oct. 14, 1999. The department issued the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit. EPA issued the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. These permits allow the Green America facility to store and treat “characteristic” hazardous waste as well as various F-, K-, P- and U-listed hazardous wastes, including processing in an industrial furnace. The regulated units consist of nine tanks, two containment buildings, five miscellaneous treatment units and four container storage areas. These permits also require corrective action in the event there is a release of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents to the environment.

On Aug. 25, 2008, the department and EPA issued Part I and Part II Class 3 Permit Modifications to Green America, allowing them to build and transition from a wet process to a dry process cement kiln. On June 30, 2010, the department and EPA issued Part I and Part II Class 3 Permit Modifications to Green America, allowing them to add one container storage area, two tanks and a centrifuge. On Feb. 25, 2011, the department issued Class 3 Permit Modifications to Green America, allowing them to build two new hazardous waste units and use current units for in-line mixing/pH treatment. On March 19, 2013, the department issued Class 3 Permit Modifications to Green America Recycling LLC, allowing them to build a Subpart X Miscellaneous Treatment Unit to convert processed solid waste-derived material into a synthetic gas that will be used as alternative fuel in the precalciner portion of the kiln system.

Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC submitted a permit application on Oct. 13, 2009, for renewal of their existing hazardous waste permit. The facility’s existing hazardous waste permits expired Oct. 14, 2009. State and federal regulations, 40 CFR 270.51, allow the existing hazardous waste permits to continue in effect until the department and EPA issue or deny new hazardous waste permits. The department determined the permit application was complete on Dec. 31, 2009. The department is currently conducting a technical review of the permit application.