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According to the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law, businesses that want to actively treat, store (for more than 90 days) or dispose of hazardous waste in Missouri must obtain a hazardous waste permit. This law combines the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, requirements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency authorized Missouri to implement with other requirements that Missouri has added. Our section reviews the applications for hazardous waste permits to make sure they follow state and federal laws and regulations. We also study the design and operation plans of the facilities for sound engineering practices. After extensive review, we prepare either a "notice of intent to deny" or a draft permit. After public review and comment, we either issue or deny the permit.

Picture of tank field at Ashland chemical.
Ashland Chemical distributes 50,000 tons of industrial chemicals every year. It is located in St. Louis next to the Mississippi River. The Permits Section is currently overseeing their corrective action projects. Ashland Chemical is studying the soil and groundwater pollution at the site.

Even after issuing a permit, our section continues to watch over the construction and operation of the facility until it eventually closes. We make sure the facility continues to follow state and federal laws and regulations and the permitted activities. Over the years, we may adjust the permit, allowing the facility to improve operations and change in response to new laws. We also review and approve detailed plans outlining how the facility will remove and clean their equipment, structures and soil when they are no longer in business.

These are just a few of the activities that our section handles. Please feel free to look around our website to learn more about our section and what we do in your neighborhood. If you have any questions, you can contact the Permits Section at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3553.

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