News Release 185

Hannibal waste hauler referred to attorney general for infectious waste violations

Volume 38-185 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 1, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case against a Hannibal waste hauler to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office alleging multiple violations of Missouri Solid Waste Management Law.

The department referred the case against Jon Michael Stolarz, doing business as Tri State Trauma of Hannibal, to the attorney general alleging Stolarz transported infectious waste without a license, dumped and stored the waste at two residences, and then abandoned the waste. 

The department received an environmental concern from a citizen that maintained Stolarz was improperly disposing of infectious waste on his property near Hannibal.  Subsequent investigation found Stolarz had dumped waste from his infectious waste hauling business at his Hannibal residence and another residence he owned in Canton in Lewis County.

After numerous attempts to compel Stolarz to properly package, transport and dispose of the waste, Stolarz moved out of state and abandoned the waste.  The department’s efforts resulted in the cleanup of both properties and proper disposal of the waste, without cooperation from Stolarz. 

The Missouri Solid Waste Management Law exists to protect public health and the environment, 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 work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure they have the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be assessed to ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before referring the issue to the attorney general. In situations where the responsible party fails to cooperate in bringing the facility into compliance, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General’s Office.

For more information, contact the department’s Solid Waste Management Program at 573-751-5401 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.