Missouri’s natural resources provide for our health, well being and enjoyment. Making sure Missouri's citizens, communities and enterprises comply with the legally required environmental protection measures is the least each of us can do to help and sustain ourselves and our neighbors. The environment we live in today and leave to our children should be the best we can make it.
Missouri's environmental laws exist to protect public health and the environment, and the department is responsible for enforcing those laws 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 laws.
Department staff work cooperatively with anyone who has an environmental problem or concern, throughout the process of solving it. The department is always available to offer services up front to prevent problems. To further the goal of preventing problems before they occur, the department now offers compliance assistance visits. These visits help businesses, communities and industrial facilities better understand the requirements of their environmental regulations – and avoid future violations of those permits.
Where problems occur, the department will work with the parties involved to resolve the problems as quickly and productively as possible. The department's Regional Office staff follow an Operation Manual to conduct inspections and begin investigations. The manual is available on the department's website at www.dnr.mo.gov/services/opsmanual.htm.
If a problem persist, the department must resort to stronger means to address it. Any problem that is not solved must be quickly elevated to the next stage so that threats to citizens’ health and Missouri resources are eliminated promptly. Staff are directed to use the full range of compliance tools to solve environmental problems and address as many aspects of the problem as possible. Compliance and enforcement actions ensure a level playing field for those dealing with pollutants and contaminants – no one should make a profit at the expense of the health and resources of Missouri citizens.
Department staff follow the Compliance Manual for all enforcement actions. The manual is available on the department's website at www.dnr.mo.gov/compliancemanual/index.html. 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 to the Attorney General's Office.
- Environmental Permits and How to Obtain Them
- Laws and Regulations
- Letter of Warning and Notice of Violation database search
Air Pollution Control Program
Environmental Services Program
Hazardous Waste Program
Compliance and Enforcement, Herculaneum Lead Contamination, Commercial Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage or Disposal Facilities, Hazardous Waste Enforcement, Petroleum Storage Tank Enforcement, Petroleum Storage Tank Inspections, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Special Facilities
Public Drinking Water Branch
Solid Waste Management Program
Water Pollution Control Branch
The department uses surveillance cameras at dumpsites across Missouri to combat illegal dumping. The goal is to educate people and provide alternative options, such as obtaining commercial trash service or using a permitted landfill, transfer station or recycling facility for environmentally sound disposal.
For additional information, or to report illegal dumping, please contact the department's Solid Waste Management Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401. You can also report illegal dumping online.