Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission meets Feb. 5 in Jefferson City

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Volume 37-028 For Immediate Release: Jan. 30, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission will hold its regular public meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5. The meeting will be held at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St. in Jefferson City.

The commissioners will vote on a finding of necessity to allow the department to file a proposed rule package that will incorporate a risk-based corrective action process at petroleum storage tank sites into the code of state regulations. A finding of necessity is when a commission decides if a proposed rule satisfies the requirements laid forth for the rule by a statute or law passed by Missouri legislatures. Risk-based corrective action is a process for site remediation that is based on the human health and environmental risk from exposure to contamination.

At the last Hazardous Waste Management Commission meeting, held in December, the commissioners approved a finding of necessity for a separate risk-based corrective action rulemaking effort that covers contaminated sites other than petroleum storage tank sites.

At the February meeting, the commissioners will be asked to adopt orders of rulemaking for 13 amendments to the code of state regulations. The amendments make up a rulemaking package that would adopt changes to the code of federal regulations that occurred between July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2006. The Hazardous Waste Management Commission conducted a public hearing on the rulemaking package at its Dec. 18 meeting. A full description of the 13 amendments is available on the department's website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm.

Two variance requests from businesses in Missouri will be considered by the commissioners. Both variances would allow for an alteration in state regulations for the two businesses each requesting a variance, BASF and Continental Cement Co. LLC. Continental Cement Co. operates a single, dry process cement kiln that produces 3,700 tons of clinker per day. Clinker is the primary ingredient in Portland cement. BASF is an active agriculture chemical manufacturing facility.

The department has investigated both variance requests and has determined both to be non-substantive, based on state statutory and regulatory criteria. Additional information on the public comment period is available at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/permits/notices.htm.

The commission will also vote to refer two enforcement cases to the Attorney General's Office. Department staff will brief the commissioners on each case.

A complete agenda of the meeting, including supporting documents, presentations and additional information about the commission, is available on the department's website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm. Minutes from the meeting will also appear on the website. For more information, contact the department's Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3176.