News Release 60

Enforcement cases, computer recycling rule on agenda for Hazardous Waste Management Commission meeting

Volume 38-060 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 9, 2010 -- A pair of petroleum underground storage tank enforcement cases will be brought before the Hazardous Waste Management Commission at the commission's Feb. 18 meeting. The meeting will be held at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St. in Jefferson City.

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

Both cases involve petroleum underground storage tanks that need to be properly, permanently closed. These underground storage tanks are made out of bare steel and the department has not been provided the required verification that the tanks have been protected against corrosion. Tanks constructed out of bare steel can corrode, which can result in a release of petroleum and harm the environment and public health.

The commission will also hear updates on a variety of activities within the department's Hazardous Waste Program, including the status of an electronics scrap management rule.

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.

The commission approved a final version of this rule at its December 2009 meeting. The rule is scheduled to be published in the March 1 Missouri Register and become effective in April. Manufacturers would have through July 1 to submit their recovery plans for approval to the department.

The Hazardous Waste Management Commission was established by state statute and promotes hazardous waste recycling, reuse and reduction; adopts and modifies rules to implement hazardous waste statutes; and establishes regulations for the management of hazardous waste. The commission provides oversight of decisions made by the department and rules on requests for variances from hazardous waste management regulations. The Hazardous Waste Program assists the commission.

A complete meeting agenda, including supporting documents, presentations and additional information about the commission is available on the department's website at People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing 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. For more information, contact the Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3176