News Release 456

Public invited to comment on a hazardous waste request from Chrysler Group LLC

Public hearing scheduled for Dec. 17 in Jefferson City

Volume 37-456 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 1, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites the public to review and offer written comments on a variance petition that would give Chrysler Group LLC an exemption from managing a specific type of waste as hazardous under state regulations.

The department is also seeking comments on the department's recommendation to the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission to approve the variance petition. The commission is scheduled to hold a formal public hearing on the variance petition and the department's recommendation on Dec. 17 at the department's Elm Street Conference Complex, located at 1730 E. Elm St in Jefferson City. The public hearing will begin at 10 a.m.

Chrysler Group LLC submitted the variance petition for the former St. Louis North Assembly Plant, located at 1050 Dodge Drive in Fenton. The facility is an inactive auto manufacturing facility that formerly manufactured Dodge Ram pickup trucks. During the manufacturing process, a coating was applied to the truck bodies to prepare the truck bodies for painting. Wastewater generated during this process was treated in an on-site wastewater treatment facility and the sludge that remained after treatment was designated for disposal.

The department reviewed the variance petition and determined the request to be substantive. The department has recommended the commission grant the variance. If the commission agrees with the department's recommendation and approves the variance petition, Chrysler would be allowed to dispose of the non-hazardous wastewater treatment sludge in a permitted sanitary landfill.

Chrysler Group submitted the variance petition to reduce the costs associated with cleanup operations at the closed facility, which include the occasional generation of wastewater treatment sludge. The Code of Federal Regulations was changed to exclude this wastewater treatment sludge from regulation as hazardous waste on July 7, 2008. Missouri has begun the process to amend the state hazardous waste regulations to exclude this waste from the hazardous waste listing. Until the state regulations are amended, a variance from the hazardous waste listing is necessary to manage the waste as non-hazardous. If Missouri's hazardous waste regulations are amended to include the federal amendment of the listing, Chrysler will no longer need the variance.

The department will accept public comments on both documents until Dec. 14. Written comments should be sent to Tim Eiken, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or by email to tim.eiken@dnr.mo.gov or by fax to 573-526-5268.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by contacting Salona Parker at least three days before the hearing at 573-751-3176 or 800-361-4827 or by email at salona.parker@dnr.mo.gov. Hearing-impaired people may reach Parker through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

The variance petition and department's recommendation are available on the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm. For more information, or to obtain a written copy of the documents for review, please contact Eiken by telephone at 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827. Hearing-impaired people may reach Eiken through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

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