News Release 025

Hazardous Waste Management Commission to discuss rule amendments, hear hazardous waste updates

Volume 39-025 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 14, 2011 -- The Hazardous Waste Management Commission will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 17 in Jefferson City.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and will be held in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Drive, Jefferson City.

The commission will vote on a finding of necessity, which if approved would allow the department to file a rulemaking that would update Missouri's Underground Storage Tank Law with the Secretary of State's office. The proposed rulemaking would update existing technical requirements for underground storage tanks and move the rules currently located in Title 10, Division 20 of the Code of State Regulations to a newly-created Division 26.

The proposed updates include clarifications, minor changes, updated manufacturer's requirements and new industry standards. The more substantive changes will help ensure tanks are being installed, operated and monitored properly to prevent or detect releases. In addition, owners must ensure when they close down a facility, the tanks have not leaked and contamination does not pose any risk to human health or the environment. More detail on these rules is available online at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/ustworkgroup.htm.

The commission will also hear routine updates on the functions of the Hazardous Waste Program and program staff will present the newest Missouri Registry Annual Report, Registry of Confirmed Abandoned or Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites. This list helps protect property buyers from unknowingly purchasing contaminated property. Sites listed on the registry appear on a publicly available list and a notice is filed with the Recorder of Deeds documenting hazardous waste contamination at the site. Sellers of sites on the list must provide a notice of contamination to potential buyers. The registry is available online at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/sfund/sfundregistry.htm.

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.

A complete meeting agenda, including supporting documents and additional information about the commission is available on the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827. 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.

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