News Release 369
Department of Natural Resources and Attorney General's office reach settlement agreement with Stajo Iron and Metal for hazardous waste violations
Stajo Iron and Metal agrees to $25,340 in penalties
Volume 37-369 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 8, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Attorney General's Office have signed a settlement agreement with Stajo Iron and Metal in St. Louis. Stajo Iron and Metal failed to identify and properly dispose of hazardous waste, which violated Missouri's Hazardous Waste Management Law and Regulations.
Missouri's Hazardous Waste Management Law and Regulations exists to protect public and environmental health and the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.
The settlement agreement includes $3,677.14 in cost recovery payable to the Department. Stajo Iron and Metal also agreed to $25,340 in penalties. Stajo Iron and Metal will pay $12,670 in penalties to the St. Louis City School Fund in four equal payments. The remaining $12,670 is suspended contingent on Stajo not committing any repeat violations for two years following the effective date of the settlement agreement.
In 2007, the Department of Natural Resources cited a major violation against Stajo Iron and Metal, located at 711 Theresa Avenue, for failure to identify and properly dispose of hazardous waste. The department conducted an inspection at the facility and found 16 55-gallon drums containing waste gasoline, used oil and tar inside an abandoned box trailer. It was later discovered the box trailer and drums were owned by Stajo Iron and Metal.
Subsequent inspections at the facility found 55-gallon drums containing used oil without lids and no markings identifying the contents. There was also evidence that past spills of oil and other wastes had not been properly cleaned up. With department direction and oversight, the responsible party corrected all violations.
The department's enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The department's main goal in any enforcement action is to ensure a facility successfully achieves compliance with the standards and to provide information and tools to help them remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used as an incentive to ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit gained from past noncompliance.
In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.
For more information on this enforcement case or other hazardous waste issues, please contact the department' Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3176.