Green America Recycling LLC
(Operators: Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC)
EPA ID# MOD054018288
- Type of Facility: Permitted Commercial Hazardous Waste Storage and Treatment.
- Treatment and Disposal Methods: Cement kiln, incineration, raw material substitution.
- Wastes Handled: aqueous wastes, contaminated soil, inorganic sludges/solids, organic sludges/solids, paint sludges, petroleum-contaminated wastes, PCBs <50 parts per million, solvents, TCLP toxic metals, as well as various F-, K-, P- and U-listed hazardous wastes as specified in the Part A application.
- Location of hard copies of hazardous waste permit application, Part I and Part II Permits, modification requests, reports, etc. and supporting documents:
Class 2 Permit Modification Request Received: On Feb. 24, 2020, Green America Recycling LLC submitted a Class 2 Permit modification request to the department, requesting to modify their hazardous waste permits to increase the facility's container storage and treatment capacity by less than 25 percent. The department is accepting written comments on the permit modification request until May 4, 2020. Due to the current pandemic and stay-at-home order, Green America held a public meeting about the permit modification request on March 31, 2020, on their Facebook page, titled Continental Cement and Green America Recycling.
The Green America facility currently is operating under a department-issued Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-issued Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. Green America is requesting to expand the size and storage capacity of a hazardous waste container storage area by 72,910 gallons, add two truck unloading areas for an additional 24,000 gallons of tanker storage and replace specific equipment with similar equipment. The public can review and copy paper copies of the permit modification request and supporting documents at the Hannibal Free Public Library, 200 S. Fifth St., Hannibal, Missouri (during normal business hours) or the agency locations above.
The Green America Recycling LLC site is located at 10107 Highway 79 in Hannibal. The facility name is Green America Recycling LLC (Green America); however, the regulate activities are performed by both Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC. Continental Cement operates the dry process cement kiln, which produces clinker, the main ingredient in Portland cement. Continental Cement uses mainly pulverized coal to heat their kiln. To supplement its fuel needs, Continental Cement also uses non-hazardous waste fuels, such as used oil, and a variety of liquid and solid hazardous waste-derived fuels.
Green America Recycling LLC operates the hazardous waste fuel programs at the permitted facility, which includes receiving, sampling, off-loading, storing and processing the liquid and solid hazardous wastes received at the facility. Some of the hazardous waste comes from on-site operations, but most comes from off-site hazardous waste generators or third party hazardous waste blenders or brokers by way of truck and railcar. The liquid hazardous wastes are "blended" with other hazardous waste to achieve desired fuel characteristics such as BTU value and metals and chlorine content. The resulting wastes are stored in tanks until they are fed to the rotary kiln as liquid fuel. Green America Recycling LLC operates the hazardous waste treatment and storage facility.
The Green America facility stores and treats “characteristic” hazardous waste as well as various F-, K-, P- and U-listed hazardous wastes as specified in its permit application. The permitted areas include six 25,000-gallon liquid storage and blend tanks, two 75,000-gallon burn tanks, two 75,000-gallon storage and blend tanks, one tank storage area with a capacity of 75 cubic yards, two containment buildings and one containment building storage area with a maximum combined capacity of 1,545 cubic yards, five miscellaneous treatment units and four container storage areas with a maximum combined capacity of 817,250 gallons.
According to applicable state and federal hazardous waste laws and regulations, all hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities are required to investigate and clean up releases of hazardous waste and hazardous constituents to the environment at their facility resulting from present and past hazardous waste handling practices. There have been no releases or need for remediation at this site.
Continental Cement Co. LLC and Green America Recycling LLC currently are operating under two hazardous waste permits, originally issued in 1999. The department reissued the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit, effective Nov. 18, 2019. EPA is in the process of reissuing the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit; however, the draft Part II Permit is not ready for public review and comment. These permits allow the Green America facility to store and treat “characteristic” hazardous waste as well as various F-, K-, P- and U-listed hazardous wastes, including processing in an industrial furnace. The regulated units consist of ten tanks, two containment buildings, one containment building storage area, five miscellaneous treatment units and four container storage areas. These permits also require corrective action in the event there is a release of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents to the environment.