News Release 185

Potosi man referred to attorney general illegal dumping

Volume 39-185 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 7, 2011-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Washington County waste collector to the Missouri Attorney General's Office alleging violations of Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law.

The department referred the case against John McGowan, owner and operator of Jon’s Trash Service, Potosi, to the attorney general alleging he dumped waste from his waste collection business on properties in Potosi and Cadet, in Washington County, violating Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has worked with McGowan since August 2009 to address environmental concerns generated by actions committed while running his waste hauling business. The department issued a notice of violation to McGowan and met with him on several occasions to explain the Missouri Solid Management Law, and provide guidance on managing waste from his collection route and proper methods of disposal for waste collected from customers. Despite these efforts by the department, McGowan continued to dump, store, bury and burn waste.

Missouri's Solid Waste Management Law exists to protect public and environmental health and the department is responsible for enforcing the law.

The department’s main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a violator to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and ensure they have the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used as an incentive to ensure future compliance and to remove 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 or business into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General’s Office for legal action.