Department issues storm waivers after ice storms in Missouri

Some disposal regulations temporarily suspended to clean up flooding debris

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-03 (For Immediate Release: Jan. 30, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Governor Jay Nixon today issued Executive Order 09-07 allowing the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to suspend requirements of specific statutes and administrative rules in order to manage debris from the snow and ice storms that occurred in Missouri this week.

The department is suspending specific solid waste regulations to address wastes generated by recent ice storms and related cleanup activities.  The waiver also details how to obtain permits to burn vegetative wastes.

The department's waiver allows any brush and yard waste generated and any major appliances damaged or destroyed as a result of the January 2009 ice storms to be disposed of in a permitted sanitary or demolition landfill when it is not practical to compost or segregate them for recycling.  Brush, yard waste debris and major appliances are normally excluded from disposal at permitted sanitary landfills; however, they will be allowed under these extraordinary circumstances as long as the landfill agrees to accept the waste. Where practical, the recycling of these items is strongly encouraged, though not required. The waiver applies only to yard waste and major appliances and does not allow disposal of other items normally prohibited in sanitary or demolition landfills. The waiver also includes information about the burning of woody debris. Cities are encouraged to contact the department for details and assistance with siting collection points or areas appropriate for burning.

This waiver is valid only for debris resulting from the recent ice storms.  All provisions of this waiver shall be in effect until March 31, unless extended.  Further information, including the full text of the waiver authorizations, is available on the department's natural disaster resources Web page at www.dnr.mo.gov/disaster.htm.  Factsheets on proper disposal of debris and other related concerns are also available on this website.

The department is aware wastewater overflows or bypassing may have occurred following the recent storms.  In light of this situation, the department will take into account the circumstances of each individual occurrence.  The department would like to remind all entities subject to Missouri's Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations that if such an overflow or bypass should occur, they are required to notify the department's nearest regional office during normal business hours or the environmental emergency response at 573-634-2436 after hours.

For more information, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at www.dnr.mo.gov.

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