Department and Environmental Protection Agency seek public comments on draft hazardous waste permits for Exide Technologies

Public meeting and hearing July 28 in Oregon

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-177 For Immediate Release: June 29, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 invite the public to review and offer written comments on a draft hazardous waste permit for Exide Technologies. Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 10.

The Department is hosting a public meeting and public hearing on the draft permits on July 28, at the T.J. Hall building at 104 S. Main St. in Oregon, across the street from the Holt County Courthouse. The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to ask questions, provide input, offer comments and share concerns with facility and Department representatives.

The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. At the hearing, comments on the draft permits will be entered into the official record. The Department will not answer questions during the hearing. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting and hearing can make arrangements by contacting Heidi Rice at least 72 hours before the meetings at 573-291-1417 or 800-361-4827 or by email at Hearing and speech-impaired individuals may reach Rice through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

Exide Technologies operates a secondary lead smelting plant, known as the Exide Technologies Canon Hollow Recycling Center, located at 25102 Holt 250 Road in Forest City. The Canon Hollow plant recycles lead-acid storage batteries and other lead-bearing raw materials into new lead ingot. Exide Technologies also recovers battery acid, which is collected, filtered and recycled.  The company ships the plastic chips from the battery cases off-site.

The Department issued the draft Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit. EPA issued the draft Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. If issued as written, the final Part I and Part II Permits will allow Exide Technologies to continue to store hazardous wastes in containers and containment buildings, treat hazardous waste in a stabilization unit, dispose of hazardous waste produced by Exide Technologies in an on-site landfill and conduct post-closure care of a closed landfill.  The permit also contains corrective action conditions to address releases to the environment from Solid Waste Management Units or Areas of Concern as necessary.

The draft Part I and Part II Permits and fact sheet are available on the Department’s website at Supporting documents are not available on the Department’s website due to their size. The public can view and copy the Permit application, draft Part I and Part II Permits, fact sheet and supporting documents at the following locations:

Holt County Courthouse*
County Clerk’s Office
100 W. Nodaway
Oregon, Missouri
Phone: 660-446-3303"
*During normal business hours.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources*
1730 E. Elm St. (lower level)
Jefferson City, Missouri
Phone: 573-522-3345
*By appointment only.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Records Center
11201 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, Kansas 66219
Phone: 913-551-7166
Hours: 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.--Monday through Friday (not including federal holidays)

Comments on the draft Permits are effective if they point out legal or technical issues. Please send written comments to: 

(Part I)
Mike Dandurand
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Hazardous Waste Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO  65102-0176
fax: 573-526-5268

(Part II)
Mary Grisolano
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
RCRA Corrective Action & Permits Branch
11201 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, KS  66219
fax: 913-551-7201

For more information on the draft Part I Permit, or to obtain a written copy of the draft permit for review, please contact Mike Dandurand by telephone at 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827. Hearing and speech-impaired individuals may reach Dandurand through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966. For more information on the draft Part II Permit, please contact Mary Grisolano by telephone at 913-551-7657 or 800-223-0425.

Citizens may also call or write Mike Dandurand at any time to request to have their name placed on Exide Technologies’ mailing list. By doing this, they will receive notice from the Department or Exide Technologies on any major permitting and cleanup activities at the facility.