General Therapeutic Inc. in St. Louis referred to Attorney General for enforcement action

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-377 For Immediate Release: Oct. 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against General Therapeutic Inc. in St. Louis for violations of Missouri's Hazardous Waste Management Law and Regulations. The department contacted the business owners of this site multiple times, but has not received an adequate response.

The department has cited General Therapeutic, located at 3650 Windsor Place, with the failure to collect and maintain records, perform analyses and submit reports on 445 pounds of hazardous waste. The hazardous waste was removed and properly disposed of under the authority of the U.S. Marshal's Office. General Therapeutic is also charged by the Food and Drug Administration with making adulterated drugs under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

General Therapeutic manufactured vitamins, botanical products, energy drinks, deworming medicine and animal ointment from the late 1990s until 2007. Since 2007, the company has not been in operation.

Missouri's Hazardous Waste Management Law and Regulations exists to protect public and environmental health and the department is responsible for enforcing the 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 strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before the issue is brought to the commission. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.

For more information contact the department's Hazardous Waste Program at 573-751-3176 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.