Hazardous Waste Program

Hazmat Inc.

EPA ID# MOD981123391

DNR Contact:         Cedric Cunigan, 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827
EPA Contact:         Mary Reilly Grisolano, PE, RG, 913-551-7657 or 800-223-0425
Facility Contact:     Tom Hayes, 816-924-5884
Last Updated:         May 30, 2009

Current Activities

Permit Application for Renewal Complete: On April 28, 2006, Haz-Mat Response Disposal Inc., now Hazmat Inc., 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 invites the public to review and offer written comments on the 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 Kansas City Public Library’s Lucile H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, Missouri (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 Cedric Cunigan, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176.

Facility Description

The Hazmat Inc. site is located at 6300 Stadium Drive in Kansas City, Missouri. In October 1985, Reclamare Enterprises began operating a hazardous waste treatment and storage facility, called Reclamare Enterprises Plant #2. The facility was housed in a one story, concrete reinforced structure formerly used as a meat locker. In 1989, Interstate Environmental Services purchased the facility. In 1991, Interstate Environmental Services entered into bankruptcy and Hazardous Waste Recovery Inc. purchased the facility. In 1995, Haz-Mat Response Disposal Inc., who later changed its name to Waste Express Inc., became the facility owner. In September 2005, Amerex Environmental, a Division of Amerex Companies Inc., completed a stock acquisition and became the parent company of Waste Express. In August 2009, the Waste Express stock was transferred from Amerex to WES&A Holdings LLC. During both stock transfers, Waste Express retained ownership of the facility and continued to operate under the name Waste Express. In April 2012, the facility was purchased again and is currently owned and operated by Hazmat Inc.

Hazmat Inc. operates an active commercial hazardous waste treatment and storage facility that acts as an “in-between” facility. Hazmat Inc. transports a variety of hazardous waste produced by other hazardous waste generators to their facility. Hazmat Inc. then blends the waste to produce supplemental fuels for energy recovery and stores it in containers or tanks until shipped off-site to be used as fuel. Wastes that cannot be fuel blended are collected and stored until Hazmat Inc. ships it to other facilities designed and permitted to handle that waste.

Closure and Corrective Action Status

According to applicable state and federal hazardous waste laws and regulations, all hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities are required to investigate and clean up releases of hazardous waste and hazardous constituents to the environment at their facility resulting from present and past hazardous waste handling practices. Investigations conducted in 1997, concluded that no corrective action was necessary at the site at that time.

Haz-Mat Response removed two 10,000-gallon, aboveground tanks from service in 1998, which were initially part of the facility’s Bulk Tanks Storage Area. These tanks were originally used for blending and storing hazardous waste fuels. The facility does not currently have tank storage capabilities. In February 2009, the department requested Waste Express to close the two 10,000-gallon tanks, requiring a closure plan, documentation and closure certification for the tanks. In 2010, Waste Express dismantled and removed the two 10, 000-gallon aboveground tanks before the department approved the closure plan. The containment area where the bulk storage tanks were formerly located still needs to go through a partial closure. The department is in the process of reviewing the partial closure plan.

Regulatory Status

Hazmat Inc. is operating under two hazardous waste permits, one issued by the department and one issued by EPA, both effective Feb. 3, 1997. 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 Hazmat to store various F-, K- P- and U-listed hazardous wastes as well as ignitable, reactive, corrosive and toxic “characteristic” hazardous wastes in containers and tanks. The regulated units under the current permits consist of three container storage rooms and ten liquid storage tanks.. These permits also require corrective action in the event there is a release of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents to the environment.

Waste Express, now Hazmat Inc., submitted a permit application on April 28, 2006, for renewal of their existing hazardous waste permits. The department determined the permit application was not complete. Waste Express submitted a revised permit application on Dec. 29, 2008. The facility’s existing hazardous waste permits expired Feb. 3, 2007. 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 May 13, 2009. The department is conducting a technical review of the permit application. In addition to their current operations, Hazmat is proposing to improve and expand their tank storage and waste storage areas by building a new container storage warehouse and a new tank farm for blending and storing hazardous waste fuels. The facility does not currently have tank storage capabilities. This expansion would add six hazardous waste treatment and storage tanks to be used for incoming bulk waste shipments.