The Hazardous Waste Forum is a stakeholder workgroup made up of representatives from the department, industry, consultants, environmental groups and other regulatory agencies. The forum was created to provide a means for information exchange between department staff and Missouri citizens regarding hazardous waste laws, regulations, programs and procedures and to improve understanding and identify areas for environmental improvement in the state.
The Hazardous Waste Forum's mission is to identify, evaluate and develop ways to better protect human health and the environment. Meetings are held as needed to evaluate and recommend opportunities and changes to law, regulations and department programs and procedures. These changes are intended to benefit the stakeholders while allowing the department to pursue the goal of protecting human health and the environment.
In August 2019, the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission voted to allow the department to move forward with the rulemaking process on a proposed fee increase. The Missouri General Assembly disapproved the commission’s rulemaking to temporarily increase fees. Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 38 was signed by both chambers March 5, 2020. Pursuant to SCR 38, the department filed an emergency rulemaking with the Secretary of State to remove the proposed temporary increase. The Hazardous Waste Management Commission held a public hearing at a special meeting Aug. 7, 2020. The department received approval to file the regular amendment following up the emergency rulemaking for 10 CSR 25-12. This will remove the amended language and return it to its previous version.
The department continues to assess the hazardous waste fund and our ability to sustain future services, including any potential economic impacts due to COVID-19. The department wishes to continue discussions with stakeholders but has not yet scheduled the next meeting. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue submitting fee expansion thoughts or comments to Chris Nagel at email@example.com or John Jurgensmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.