Environmental Workgroups and Forums
The Air Pollution Control Program continues to host the Air Program Advisory Forum, a stakeholder workgroup comprised of members from industry, environmental groups, other agencies, department employees and consultants. This forum allows the program to keep the channels of communication open between stakeholders and staff. Anyone interested is invited to participate. Past topics for discussion have included changes in the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), program fees and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).
View a list of the Water Protection Forum Advisory groups. Each link has information specific to the group's activities. More...
The Enforcement and Compliance Assistance GovDelivery for Hazardous Waste Generators provides valuable information to hazardous waste generators on compliance issues, legislative updates and technical assistance in a clear manner. The broadcast email gives the department an opportunity to stay in contact with hazardous waste generators and permitted facilities and let them know about changes or additions to federal and state regulations, provide technical assistance and explain the inspection process. The broadcast email is geared to keep all facilities informed so they can meet or exceed the environmental requirements and help better the department serve Missouri citizens while protecting the environment.
The Hazardous Waste Forum's mission is to identify, evaluate and develop ways to better protect human health and the environment. The stakeholder group includes representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, industry, consultants, environmental groups and other regulatory agencies. The program has held stakeholder meetings with attendance reaching well above 100 stakeholders. The meetings, often including topics recommended by stakeholders, provide an opportunity for stakeholders to evaluate and recommend opportunities and changes to law, regulations and department programs and procedures.
Beginning in 2015, the department’s Hazardous Waste Program (HWP) began an effort to:
- Update the Tier 1 Risk-Based Target Levels (RBTLs) found in Tables B-2 through B-10 of the Missouri Risk-Based Corrective Action (MRBCA) guidance document.
- Revise the MRBCA guidance document.
- Amend 10 CSR 25-18.010 consistent with updating the RBTLs and revising the guidance.
The update, revision and rulemaking pertains only to the departmental MRBCA RBTLs, guidance, and rule and not to the Missouri Risk-Based Corrective Action Process for Petroleum Storage Tanks guidance document (Tanks RBCA). For more information or to get involved in the stakeholder effort click here.
The Solid Waste Management Program Forum is a stakeholder group open to representatives from industry, consultants, environmental groups, regulatory agencies and members of the public with an interest in solid waste management. The mission of the forum is to continuously look for and evaluate issues related to solid waste management. Forum topics and discussions often include development of proposed fact sheets and guidance documents related to solid waste management. While standing topics include landfill and processing facility operations and management, the Solid Waste Management Program addresses many other issues such as illegal dumping, scrap tires, composting, material recovery and recycling and development of recovered materials products and end uses. Some issues are very technical and may take weeks or months to address while others are resolved in short timeframes. We believe this forum is beneficial to all of our stakeholders and to the Solid Waste Management Program to maintain its mission of ensuring solid waste is managed in such a way that protects both public health and the environment.
The Scrap Tire Advisory Group is a stakeholder group open to representatives from industry, consultants, environmental groups, regulatory agencies and members of the public with an interest in scrap tire management. The mission of the advisory group is to continuously look for and evaluate issues related to scrap tire management with an emphasis on market development. The advisory group acts as a subset of the overall Solid Waste Management Forum focusing on scrap tire related issues. Topics and discussion often include development of end markets for scrap tire materials and new products as well as scrap tire facility and hauler compliance. Additional topics include updates on scrap tire material grants and overall scrap tire program activities. We believe this advisory group is beneficial to all of our scrap tire stakeholders and to the Solid Waste Management Program to maintain its mission of ensuring proper management of scrap tires in such a way that protects both public health and the environment.
The Water Protection Forum was initiated in May 2005 as a means to involve a variety of individuals in water quality policy discussions. A wide diversity of interests is represented in the forum, including agriculture, municipalities, industry, environmental groups, consultants, attorneys and others. The department must always consider how policy issues affect regulated entities and the public and this is a means to solicit input from those affected interests.