News Release 231

Department of Natural Resources refers USA Tire Management Systems to attorney general for failure to pay permit application fees

Volume 38-231 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 20, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred USA Tire Management Systems, of Sioux City, Neb., to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for failure to pay costs incurred by the department during its review of a permit application.

The department received a permit application from USA Tire Management Systems to operate a scrap tire processing facility in Washington County on Dec. 11, 2006.  Due to the lack of information provided and the length of time the department attempted to work with the facility, the department was forced to deny the permit application in May 2009.

Since the denial, the department has sent two notices to the facility requesting reimbursement for costs incurred while reviewing the application.  Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law requires applicants to reimburse the department for all reasonable fees incurred during its evaluation of an application.  To date, the facility has not reimbursed the department.  

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.

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