News Release 667
Precision Rebuilders referred to attorney general for hazardous waste violations
Volume 38-667 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 30, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case against a St. Clair truck parts manufacturer to the Missouri Attorney General’s office to pursue civil penalties for violations of Missouri's Hazardous Waste Law and Regulations.
The department referred the facility registered as Precision Rebuilders to the attorney general for 24 violations of Missouri’s Hazardous Waste Law.
These violations, which were observed during a department inspection, include:
- Failure to determine if its waste was hazardous.
- Operating as an unpermitted hazardous waste treatment and storage facility
- Failure to properly label and maintain hazardous waste storage containers. Proper markings and packaging helps facility personnel and emergency responders quickly indentify the types of hazardous waste present at the facility in an emergency situation and assists in the safe and legal daily management of hazardous waste.
- Failure to inspect and maintain the facility on a weekly basis and perform daily inspections of areas where hazardous waste spills would be likely.
Under department oversight, the facility was able to return to compliance.
The department referred this matter to the attorney general to seek an appropriate civil penalty for the violations. The Missouri Constitution requires civil penalties to be paid to the school fund of the county in which the violation occurred.
Missouri's Hazardous 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 public health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used 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 an issue is referred to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.
For more information, contact the department's Hazardous Waste Program at 573-751-3176 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.