News Release 111

Butler County tire hauler referred to attorney general for enforcement action for solid waste violations

Volume 38-111 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 9, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Poplar Bluff scrap tire hauler to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law.

The department referred the case against Hederer Enterprises, Poplar Bluff, to the attorney general alleging the company accumulated an excessive amount of scrap tires, which violates Missouri’s Solid Waste Law.

In October 2007 the company obtained a scrap tire hauler permit and began accumulating more than 3,000 scrap tires on two different properties in and around Poplar Bluff.

The department has attempted to get the company to address the issue since May 2008, when the site was first noted as having a compliance issue. Such attempts failed, and the department subsequently issued the company a notice of violation. Continued attempts to bring the facility into compliance with solid waste laws have also failed, so the department is referring it to the attorney general for legal action.

Missouri's Solid Waste Management Law exists to protect public health and the environment, 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 main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. 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.

For more information, contact the Department’s Solid Waste Management Program at 573-751-5401 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.