News Release 482

Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission to consider computer recycling rule at Dec. 17 meeting in Jefferson City

Volume 37-482 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 11, 2009 -- The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission will hold its regular public meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17. The meeting will be held at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St. in Jefferson City.

Commissioners will vote on the adoption of a final order of rulemaking for an electronics scrap management rule. This is one of the final steps before a proposed rule becomes effective.

The electronics scrap management rule states computer manufacturers who sell computers and computer accessories in Missouri must have a department-approved recovery plan that specifies how the products will be collected from consumers and recycled or reused. The collection method must be convenient and free to consumers.

Senate Bill 720, passed in the 2008 legislative session, directed the department to create an electronics scrap management rule. The department invited computer manufactures, retailers and recyclers to help develop the electronic scrap management rule.

If the rule becomes effective, manufacturers would have through July 1, 2010 to submit their recovery plans for approval to the department.

Department staff will brief the commissioners on responses to comments on the rule received during the public comment period.

The commission will also consider a variance petition from Chrysler Group LLC. Chrysler Group submitted a variance petition for the former St. Louis North Assembly Plant, located in Fenton. The inactive auto manufacturing facility formerly manufactured Dodge Ram pickup trucks. The variance petition was submitted in order to reduce the costs associated with cleanup operations at the closed facility, which include the occasional generation of wastewater treatment sludge.

Federal regulations were changed to exclude this specific wastewater treatment sludge from regulation as a 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 state regulations are amended, a variance from the hazardous waste listing is necessary for Chrysler Group to be able to manage the waste as non-hazardous.

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.

The department is accepting comments on the variance petition through 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, by email to tim.eiken@dnr.mo.gov or by fax to 573-526-5268.

Department of Natural Resources' staff will also present several underground petroleum storage tank enforcement cases to the commission. The commission will decide whether or not to refer these cases to the Attorney General's Office.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3176. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

A complete meeting agenda, including supporting documents, presentations and additional information about the commission is available on the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm. For more information, contact the Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3176.

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