News Release 484

Cloud Manufacturing referred to Attorney General for enforcement action for hazardous waste violations

Volume 37-484 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 11, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred Cloud Manufacturing to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for hazardous waste violations. Cloud Manufacturing, located in Union, Franklin County, failed to properly identify and remove more than 100 drums of potential hazardous waste from the site, which violates Missouri's Hazardous Waste Law and Regulations.

During an inspection of the facility, the department catalogued visible drums and containers. Some of the drums have been on site for 10 years with no attempt made to identify the contents or remove them. The materials in the drums are considered a potential threat to human health and the environment. Cloud Manufacturing is cited with failure to determine if waste is hazardous and for operating as a hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facility.

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 a deterrent to future violations and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix the problems and reach a settlement agreement. However, 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 on this enforcement case or other hazardous waste issues, please contact the department' Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3176.