EPA ID# MOD095486312

MoDNR Contact: Abby Sawyer, 573-526-5397 or 800-361-4827
Facility Contact: Paul Andrews, 225-778-3645
Last Updated: Oct. 7, 2019

  • Former Company Name: Safety-Kleen Corp.
  • Type of Facility: Permitted Commercial Hazardous Waste Storage.
  • Wastes Handled: Flammables, household hazardous wastes, paint sludges, 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, Part I and Part II Permits, modification requests, reports, etc. and supporting documents:

Current Activities

Draft Permit Prepared: The department prepared a draft Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit for Safety-Kleen System’s St. Charles facility. The department invites the public to review and offer written comments on the draft Part I Permit until Nov. 25, 2019. During the public comment period, anyone can request a public meeting or public hearing about the draft permit. For more information, please contact Abby Sawyer by telephone at 573-526-5397 or 800-361-4827.

Safety-Kleen currently is operating and conducting corrective action investigations and remediation activities at the site 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. The status of Safety-Kleen’s corrective action activities is described below. On March 23, 2017, Safety-Kleen submitted a permit application to the department and EPA to renew and update their existing hazardous waste permits, which expired Sept. 27, 2017.  The permits were continued in effect, as allowed by 10 CSR 25-7.270(1), incorporating 40 C.F.R. § 270.51, until the department and EPA issue or deny new hazardous waste permits.

After a thorough technical review of the permit application, the department prepared a draft Part I Permit for the Safety-Kleen St. Charles facility. The draft permit proposes to allow Safety-Kleen to continue managing and storing hazardous waste at the facility. EPA decided not to prepare a Part II Permit, since EPA has no site-specific conditions for the facility, beyond those contained in the draft Part I Permit, and Missouri is fully authorized for all permitting and corrective action activities at the facility. According to 40 C.F.R. § 270.51(d), the continued Part II Permit will remain in effect until the department issues a new Part I Permit.

The public can review and copy paper copies of the complete permit application, draft Part I Permit and supporting documents at the St. Charles City-County Library’s Kisker Road Branch, 1000 Kisker Road, St. Charles, Missouri (during normal business hours) or the agency locations above.

Comments on the draft permit are more effective if they point out legal or technical issues or provide information that is not in the record. You may submit written comments on the draft permit online or by mail to Abby Sawyer, at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176.

 

The Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. St. Charles facility is located on about 2 acres at 4526 Towne Court in St. Charles. Safety-Kleen operates a commercial hazardous waste storage facility at the site, which is part of a larger Safety-Kleen distribution/recycling network. This facility was designed to temporarily store spent solvents, paint wastes, lacquer thinner wastes and waste oil produced by Safety-Kleen’s customers. The majority of Safety-Kleen’s customers are small quantity hazardous waste generators such as automotive repair, industrial maintenance and dry cleaning businesses. The facility also stores other types of wastes on a 10-day transfer basis.

Safety-Kleen currently operates two hazardous waste container storage areas, with a combined maximum capacity of 6,466 gallons, and one 15,000-gallon hazardous waste storage tank. The hazardous waste is stored in containers and tanks until enough waste is collected to ship off-site to a Safety-Kleen recycling facility or contract reclaimer for processing. The reclaimed, or “cleaned”, solvent is then returned to Safety-Kleen’s customers as usable product.

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 from their facility resulting from present and past hazardous waste handling practices. Investigation results show soil and groundwater beneath the facility contaminated with volatile organic compounds. Safety-Kleen has taken several measures to reduce unacceptable potential risks to human health and the environment. An enhanced bioremediation pilot test was put in place in 2004, with overall positive results. In May 2006, the department approved a full-scale enhanced bioremediation project. Safety-Kleen currently is monitoring the groundwater and planning additional enhanced bioremediation activities.

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 way that would require a hazardous waste permit were required to notify EPA and apply for the permit or close those operations. Because of the large number of existing facilities, Congress set up requirements which allowed these facilities to operate temporarily under “interim status” until they received their permit. The Safety-Kleen St. Charles Service Center was granted interim status.

Safety-Kleen currently is operating and conducting corrective action investigations and remediation activities at the site under two hazardous waste permits, originally issued in 1993. The department reissued the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit. EPA reissued the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. Both permits became effective Sept. 27, 2007. These permits allow Safety-Kleen to store hazardous waste in containers and tanks. These permits also require corrective action in the event there is a newly-identified release of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents to the environment. The regulated units under the current permits consist of two hazardous waste container storage areas, with a combined maximum capacity of 6,466 gallons, and one 15,000-gallon hazardous waste storage tank.

On March 23, 2017, Safety-Kleen submitted a permit application to renew their existing hazardous waste permits, which expired Sept. 27, 2017. The permits were continued in effect, as allowed by 10 CSR 25-7.270(1), incorporating 40 C.F.R. § 270.51, until the department and EPA issue or deny new hazardous waste permits. The department determined the permit application was complete and approved the permit application for technical review on Sept. 27, 2017. After a thorough technical review of the permit application, the department prepared a draft Part I Permit for Safety-Kleen’s St. Charles facility, which proposes to allow Safety-Kleen to continue managing and storing hazardous waste at the facility. The draft permit also requires Safety-Kleen to continue performing groundwater monitoring and corrective action activities at the facility. The department invites the public to review and offer written comments on the draft Part I Permit during a 45-day public comment period which began Oct. 9, 2019, and ends Nov. 25, 2019.

EPA decided not to prepare a Part II Permit, since EPA has no site-specific conditions for the facility, beyond those contained in the draft Part I Permit, and Missouri is fully authorized for all permitting and corrective action activities at the facility. According to 40 C.F.R. § 270.51(d), the continued Part II Permit will remain in effect until the department issues a new Part I Permit.