News Release 397

Howell County man referred to attorney general for scrap tire violations

Volume 38-397 (For immediate release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 6, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against rural Howell County man to the Missouri Attorney General's Office alleging violations of Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law and regulations in his handling of scrap tires.

The department referred the case against Kenneth Hall alleging that he illegally hauled and burned scrap tires on several occasions in violation of solid waste law.

In June 2009, the Howell County Rural Fire District and the Howell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a tire fire at Hall’s isolated residence south of West Plains.  Reports submitted to the department indicate that Hall burned approximately 1,000 scrap tires on the property.  Hall burned more tires in December 2009 and again in March 2010.  Missouri's Solid Waste Management Law exists to protect public health and the environment.  The department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

The department strives to work with individuals to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate, the department will refer the case to the attorney general’s office for legal action.

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