News Release 669

Kansas City man referred to attorney general for solid waste violations

Volume 38-669 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 30, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Kansas City man to the Missouri Attorney General's Office alleging violations of Missouri’s Solid Waste Law.

The department referred the case against Tim Halfman to the attorney general alleging that he uncovered a former farm dump on his parents’ property, 9300 Olmstead Road, and spread the waste onto a neighbor’s property, which violates Missouri’s Solid Waste Law and Regulations.  The farm dump was buried and left behind by a previous land owner.  

The department’s enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment. The department’s main goal in any enforcement action is to work to successfully achieve compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used as an incentive to ensure future compliance and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with land owners to take corrective action before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate and come 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, contact the department’s Solid Waste Management Program at 573-751-5401 or call toll-free at 1-800-361-4827.