Exide Technologies in Holt County receives final hazardous waste permits

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Volume 37-353 For immediate release: Sept. 29, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 issued final hazardous waste permits to Exide Technologies located in Holt County.

The Department issued the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit. EPA issued the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. The final permits allow the company to continue to store hazardous wastes in containers and containment buildings, treat hazardous waste in a stabilization unit, dispose of hazardous waste produced by Exide in an on-site landfill and conduct post-closure care of a closed landfill. The permit also contains corrective action conditions to address releases to the environment from Solid Waste Management Units or Areas of Concern as necessary.

Exide operates a secondary lead smelting plant, known as the Exide Technologies Canon Hollow Recycling Center, located at 25102 Holt 250 Road in Forest City. The Canon Hollow plant recycles lead-acid storage batteries and other lead-bearing raw materials into new lead ingot. Exide also recovers battery acid, which is collected, filtered and recycled. Exide ships the plastic chips from the battery cases off-site.

The final Part I and Part II Permits and summary and response to comments are available on the Department's website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/permits/notices.htm. Supporting documents are not available on the Department's website due to their size. The public can review and copy the final Part I and Part II Permits, summary and response to comments and supporting documents at the Holt County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office, during normal business hours, by appointment only at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Hazardous Waste Program, 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, or the EPA, Region 7 - Records Center, 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, Kan.

Any adversely affected or aggrieved party may pursue an appeal of the Department's Part I Permit by filing a petition with the Administrative Hearing Commission by Oct. 22, according to the procedures outlined in the Code of State Regulations 10 CSR 25-2.020 and Missouri Revised Statutes, Sections 260.395.11 and 621.250, RSMo. Appeals must be sent to the Administrative Hearing Commission, P.O. Box 1557, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or by fax to 573-751-5018. The Department also requests a copy of the appeal request be provided to Robert Geller, Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176.

Regarding the Part II Permit, the written petition must be filed with the Environmental Appeals Board, or EAB, by Oct. 25, according to the procedures outlined in 40 CFR 124.19. Petitions mailed to the EAB should be sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,  Environmental Appeals Board (MC 1103B), Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20460-0001. Those filing must allow enough time for delivery so the EAB receives it no later than Oct. 25.  Petitions delivered by hand, including couriers and delivery services, should be made at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Appeals Board, Colorado Building, 1341 G Street, N.W., Ste. 600, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Interested parties may call or write the Department at any time to request to have their name placed on Exide's mailing list. By doing this, they will receive notice from the Department or Exide on any major permitting and cleanup activities at the facility.

For more information concerning the Part I Permit, or to obtain a written copy of the permit, please contact Mike Dandurand, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Dandurand may also be reached by telephone at 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827 or by email at mike.dandurand@dnr.mo.gov. Hearing- and speech-impaired people may reach Dandurand through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

For more information on the Part II Permit, please contact Mary Grisolano, EPA Region 7, RCRA Corrective Action & Permits Branch, 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219. Grisolano may also be reached by telephone at 913-551-7657 or 800-223-0425 or by email at grisolano.mary@epa.gov. Interested parties may reach the EAB at 202-233-0122 or by email at durr.eurika@epa.gov. For more information on the EAB, please visit the website at www.epa.gov/eab.