Department to host hazardous waste forum

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-072 For Immediate Release: March 24, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Finding ways to cut costs and save money, particularly during economic downturns, is a constant focus for many Missouri businesses. For businesses that deal with hazardous waste laws and regulations, developing an understanding of these laws and regulations is a good investment that can help save money.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is hosting an upcoming Hazardous Waste Forum to give businesses an opportunity to learn about and comment on hazardous waste laws, regulations, guidance and issues in Missouri. The forum will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 8 at the Department's Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 East Elm St., Jefferson City.

This forum is designed as a way for the public, industry and organization representatives to communicate with staff from the Department's Hazardous Waste Program. The forum is free and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

During the forum, the Department will ask for volunteers to serve on a Container Management Workgroup. The workgroup will review current container management regulations and report back to the main forum. Department staff will summarize previous stakeholder comments to change regulations regarding the packaging, marking and labeling of certain substances while stored at a business.

Other topics include an update of final and proposed department rules and a Health Profile Update. Health profiles identify serious illnesses that may result from environmental contamination. All hazardous waste permitted treatment and operating facilities are required to submit a health profile with their department permit application.

These forums are beneficial for everyone involved. Businesses get the opportunity to learn about hazardous waste rules, regulations and guidance and to offer their suggestions on regulations that affect them. Department staff get the opportunity to meet with the regulated community and the public and hear feedback from those affected by rules, regulations and guidance. Attendees at past forums have commented that the face-to-face interaction with Department staff was helpful to their business.

While attendance to the forum is open to anyone interested, the Department is extending a special invitation to small businesses owners and representatives. Many of the issues discussed, including container management, directly affect small businesses.

To request more information on the Hazardous Waste Forum or a complete agenda, contact the Department's Hazardous Waste Program at 573-751-3176 or visit online at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/forum/forum.htm.

Limited conference call access is available for the April 8 forum. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the forum can make arrangements by contacting Cheryl Heet before the meeting at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Heet can also be contacted by telephone at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-7560, or by email at cheryl.heet@dnr.mo.gov. Hearing and speech-impaired individuals may call Heet through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

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