News Release 617

Macon tire processer referred to attorney general for violations

Volume 38-617 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 26, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Macon scrap tire processing facility to the Missouri Attorney General's Office, alleging violations of Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law and regulations in its handling of scrap tires.   

The department referred the case against Granuband Macon alleging it violated permit conditions and fire codes.  Granuband began operating, without a permit, in March 2006.  In May 2006, Granuband received its first of many notices of violation from the department for violations of the Missouri Solid Waste Management Law.  Although Granuband Macon did eventually receive a processing permit, violations of the law and permit conditions continued.  Most of the violations are related to the storage of tires and waste materials at the site.

A settlement to resolve the violations, pay penalties and take corrective action was worked out between the department and Granuband in 2009.  However, Granuband never returned the final documents nor paid any amount of the penalty.

Missouri's Solid Waste Management Law exists to protect public health and the environment.  The department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations. The department strives to work with individuals to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate, the department will refer the case to the attorney general’s office for legal action.

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

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