Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission to discuss Risk-Based Corrective Action, citizens encouraged to attend

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Volume 37-244 For Immediate Release: Aug. 10, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission will hold its regular public meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20. The meeting will be held at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St. in Jefferson City.

The Department of Natural Resources' staff will present several enforcement cases to the commission. The commission will decide whether or not to refer these cases to the Attorney General's Office. A public hearing will also be held on a set of proposed rules pertaining to petroleum storage tanks, including the use of risk-based corrective action to evaluate and clean up releases from such tanks.

The purpose of the hearing is for the commissioners to hear testimony relating to the proposed rules from the Department and the public.

A risk-based corrective action process determines what is needed to ensure contamination from a petroleum storage tank does not pose unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. With a focus on minimizing risk, these rules can provide flexibility in deciding the extent of cleanup at petroleum storage tank sites.

The Department of Natural Resources requests people intending to give verbal presentations on the proposed public hearing items also provide a written copy of their testimony to the commission secretary at the time of the public hearing. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

The Department will accept written comments on the proposed petroleum storage tank rules through Aug. 27. More information on the rules and how to submit comments is available online at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/rules-dev-hwp.htm.

A complete meeting agenda, 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. For more information, contact the Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827.