EPA ID# MOD000669051

MoDNR Contact: Nathan Kraus, 573-751-3154 or 800-361-4827
Facility Contact: Paul Andrews, 225-778-3645
Last Updated: July 17, 2019

  • Former Company Name: Safety-Kleen Corp.
  • Type of Facility: Permitted Commercial Hazardous Waste Storage
  • Wastes Handled: Flammables, household hazardous wastes, paint sludges, spent solvents and used oil, as well as various F- and K-listed hazardous wastes as specified in the Part A application.
  • Location of hard copies of hazardous waste permit application, hazardous waste permit, permit modification requests, reports, etc. and supporting documents:

Current Activities

Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. is currently operating at the site under a department-issued Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit. The permit allows Safety-Kleen to store hazardous waste in containers and tanks. The status of Safety-Kleen’s partial closure and corrective action activities is described below. The public can review and copy paper copies of all permits, reports and supporting documents at the agency locations above.

 

Safety-Kleen System’s Cape Girardeau facility is located at 201 LaSalle St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Safety-Kleen operates a commercial hazardous waste storage facility at the site, which is part of a larger Safety-Kleen distribution/recycling network. Safety-Kleen’s Cape Girardeau facility is an accumulation point for spent solvents, paint wastes, lacquer thinner wastes and waste oil produced by Safety-Kleen customers, the majority of which are small quantity hazardous waste generators. The facility also accumulates and stores other types of wastes on a 10-day transfer basis. Safety-Kleen currently operates one hazardous waste container storage area, with a total maximum capacity of 4,920 gallons, and one 16,800-gallon hazardous waste above ground storage tank. The hazardous waste is stored until enough waste is collected to ship off site to a Safety-Kleen recycling facility or contract reclaimer for processing. The reclaimed solvent is then returned to Safety-Kleen’s customers as usable product.

When EPA implemented the federal hazardous waste laws under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1980, all existing facilities that treated, stored or disposed of hazardous waste in a manner that would necessitate obtaining a hazardous waste permit were required to notify EPA and apply to get such a permit, unless the facility chose to close those operations. Because of the large number of existing facilities, Congress set up requirements which allowed these facilities to operate temporarily under the “interim status” portions of the federal and state hazardous waste laws until they received their permit. The Safety-Kleen Cape Girardeau Service Center was granted interim status.

Safety-Kleen currently is operating at the site under a department-issued Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit, effective June 17, 2019. The Part I Permit was originally issued with an EPA-issued Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit in 1993, and reissued in 2007. EPA decided not to reissue the Part II Permit in 2019, since EPA has no site-specific conditions for the facility and Missouri is fully authorized for all permitting activities at the facility.

The Part I Permit allows Safety-Kleen to store hazardous waste in containers and tanks at its Cape Girardeau facility. The permit also requires corrective action in the event there is a release of hazardous waste to the environment. The regulated units under the current permit consists of one hazardous waste container storage area, with a total maximum capacity of 4,920 gallons, and one 16,800-gallon above ground hazardous waste storage tank. Used oil and usable product are not regulated under RCRA, and thus exempt from hazardous waste permitting requirements.