News Release 475

DNR and AGO reach settlement agreement with ATC Drivetrain for hazardous waste violations

ATC Drivetrain agrees to $13,000 in penalties

Volume 37-475 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 9, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Attorney General's Office have signed a settlement agreement with ATC Drivetrain, located in Springfield, Greene County. ATC Drivetrain was cited with numerous violations of Missouri's Hazardous Law and Regulations, including failure to determine if waste produced was hazardous.

ATC Drivetrain agreed to pay $13,000 in penalties to the Greene County School Fund.

The department inspected the engine and transmission rebuilding facility and discovered ATC Drivetrain failed to determine if its waste was hazardous. Facilities are required to determine if waste is hazardous so they know how to properly manage the waste. At the inspection, the department recorded many other violations of Missouri's hazardous waste law, including failure to properly inspect and maintain the facility and several violations relating to improper storage of hazardous waste. Improperly stored hazardous waste is more likely to escape into the environment.

With department direction and oversight, more than 1,700 pounds of hazardous waste was removed from the facility.

Missouri's Hazardous Waste Law and Regulations exists to protect public and environmental health and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

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 a deterrent to future violations and to remove the economic benefit of continued 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's Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3176.