February 03, 2020

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Greenfield Environmental Multistate Trust LLC, Springfield facility receives final hazardous waste permit to continue groundwater monitoring and remediation

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 3, 2020 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued a final Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit to Greenfield Environmental Multistate Trust, LLC. The permit requires the company to continue investigative, cleanup and long-term monitoring activities at its Springfield facility.

The site is a closed commercial wood-treating facility, previously operated by Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp, located at 2800 W. High St. in Springfield. When operating, the facility pressure treated wood with creosote wood preservatives. The wood-treating process produced wastewater, which contained residual amounts of wood preservative. Kerr-McGee processed the wastewater through a treatment system, discharging the effluent to a lagoon system to let the remaining creosote settle out of the wastewater.

Kerr-McGee has performed long-term monitoring and maintenance activities and has conducted corrective-action investigations and remediation activities at the site under a department-issued Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-issued Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. Greenfield took ownership and operational control of the facility in 2011. On Aug. 6, 2012, the company submitted a permit application to the department and EPA. An updated version was submitted on July 2, 2019, to renew and update its existing hazardous waste permits. The permit application was for post-closure and corrective action only, since Kerr-McGee closed all of its permitted hazardous waste units and the facility no longer operates as a hazardous waste storage facility.

After a thorough technical review of the permit application, the department issued a final Part I Permit. The final permit requires the company to continue groundwater monitoring and remediation as part of the post-closure care of the facility. It also requires off-property soil and groundwater contamination and vapor intrusion investigations.

EPA decided not to reissue a Part II Permit, since EPA has no site-specific conditions for the facility and Missouri is fully authorized for all permitting, post-closure and corrective action activities at the facility. EPA will terminate the existing Part II Permit upon the issuance of the Part I Permit.

There were no comments made on the draft Part I Permit during the public comment period. Any parties adversely affected or aggrieved by department’s decision to issue the final Part I Permit or by specific conditions of the final Part I Permit may be entitled to pursue an appeal before the Administrative Hearing Commission by filing a written petition by March 2, 2020, as more fully described on pages 14-15 of the final Part I Permit. 

The final Part I Permit and additional information are available at​env/hwp/permits/notices or at the Springfield-Greene County Library’s Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Exwy. in Springfield. For more information about the final Part I Permit or to obtain a written copy of the final Part I Permit for review, please contact Abby Sawyer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, by telephone at 573-526-5397 or 800-361-4827, or by email at Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals may reach Sawyer through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.