News Release 349
Danner Medical referred to Attorney General for enforcement action for solid waste violations
Volume 37-349 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 21, 2009-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against Gamma Healthcare Inc. d.b.a. Danner Medical located in Poplar Bluff, Butler County. Danner Medical is an infectious waste transfer station operating without a permit, which violates Missouri's Solid Waste Law and Regulations.
The Department's enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The Department's main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure they have the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used as an incentive to ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.
The Department conducted an investigation at the site and documented the illegal transfer of infectious waste from small trucks/trailers to semi-trailers at the property operating as Danner Medical. The Department issued a notice of violation to the facility and began discussing a settlement agreement with Danner Medical. Terms of the agreement required Danner Medical to immediately schedule and attend a pre-application meeting with the Department to develop a complete and appropriate construction permit application for a transfer station/building. The application and the initial application fee were due within 60 days of the agreement's execution. The Department made multiple attempts to assist Danner Medical in meeting the permit requirements; however, Danner Medical was unable or unwilling to submit a complete application.
Missouri's Solid Waste Law exists to protect public and environmental health and the Department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.
The Department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of environmental and human health, the Department will refer the case.
For more information contact the Solid Waste Management Program at 573-751-5401 or call toll-free at 1-800-361-4827.