News Release 637

Department of Natural Resources refers Adair County metal salvage facility to Missouri Attorney General for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-637 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 4, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against an Adair County metal salvage facility to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against William A. Ramsay, Jr. and Bryon Lough to the attorney general alleging numerous Clean Water Law violations that occurred at Kirksville Recycling, formerly known as Recycle-It, located on Potter Trail in Kirksville. 

Since Aug. 4, 2008, the department has conducted one environmental assistance visit and three inspections of Kirksville Recycling.  During the EAV and inspections, department staff observed exposed oil-laden parts, oil-stained ground, unmarked and unsealed 55 gallon drums and buckets filled with waste vehicle fluids, parts co-mingled with soil, compromised battery casings leaking on the ground and a lagoon that has not been completed.  In addition, the department has not received a copy of the facility’s stormwater pollution prevention plan. 

Due to the chronic and serious nature of these violations, the department has referred this matter directly to the Missouri State Attorney General’s Office.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect human health and the environment, and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations. The department’s enforcement actions help protect public health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance with the standards set out in the law.

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 it has the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used to 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 public health and the environment, the department will refer the case.