News Release 383

Stover man referred to attorney general for solid waste violations

Volume 39-383 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., NOV. 23, 2011-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred the case against a Morgan County man to the Missouri Attorney General's Office alleging the illegal disposal of business wastes.

Fowler improperly disposed of pallet refurbishing business wastes on his property and neighboring properties.

Missouri's Solid Waste Management Law exists to protect public and environmental health 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 the facility has the tools to remain in 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 owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling to cooperate to bring the facility 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.