News Release 176

Department to hold public awareness session on Rush Island Energy Center in Jefferson County

Volume 39-176 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a public awareness session Aug. 7 on the permitting process for a proposed utility waste landfill in Jefferson County.

The Rush Island Energy Center has obtained preliminary site investigation approval to begin a geologic investigation for the construction of a utility waste landfill in Jefferson County. The proposed site is located at 100 Big Hollow Road approximately 3 miles east of Interstate 55, about 10 miles southeast of Festus. A detailed site investigation work plan is being prepared.

The public availability session, during which representatives of the Department of Natural Resources and Rush Island Energy Center will be on hand to answer questions, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Festus City Hall, 711 W. Main St.

The department reviews all applications submitted by cities, counties and private owners to ensure that solid waste landfills are properly designed and constructed. Technical factors that protect Missouri’s environment are also examined. This public session will explain the application review process and the approximate timeline for ruling on the permit application.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Darrell Hartley, P.E., Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0176, or call 573-751-5401 or 800-361-4827 two weeks before the meeting. For more information on site investigations, please contact the department’s Division of Geology and Land Survey at 573-368-2100.