News Release 692

Hazardous Waste Management Commission to discuss rule amendments, hear hazardous waste updates

Volume 38-692 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 14, 2010 -- The Hazardous Waste Management Commission will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 16 in Jefferson City.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St.

The commission will vote on a finding of necessity, which if approved would allow the department to file a group of proposed rule amendments to Missouri’s Hazardous Waste Management Law with the Secretary of State’s office.

The proposed rulemaking would adopt federal rules into the state regulations. State regulations must be kept up to date with federal regulations and are regularly amended to incorporate changes to the federal regulations.

These rules include an exclusion from the definition of hazardous waste for wastewater treatment sludge generated by the auto industry and a rule to allow more flexible management options for universities and academic institutions to manage waste generated in their laboratories. More detail on these rules is available on the program’s Rules in Development Web page at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/rules-dev-hwp.htm.

A finding of necessity is when a commission decides if a proposed rule satisfies the requirements laid forth for the rule by a statute or law passed by Missouri legislatures and is often one of the first steps in a rulemaking.

Program staff will also provide routine updates on the functions of the Hazardous Waste Program.

The Hazardous Waste Management Commission was established by state statute and promotes hazardous waste recycling, reuse and reduction; adopts and modifies rules to implement hazardous waste statutes; and establishes regulations for the management of hazardous waste. The commission provides oversight of decisions made by the department and rules on requests for variances from hazardous waste management regulations.

A complete meeting agenda, including supporting documents and additional information about the commission is available on the department's Website at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966. For more information, contact the Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827.

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