Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. - Columbia
EPA ID# MOD980971626
MoDNR Contact: Nathan Krause,
573-751-3154 or 800-361-4827
Facility Contact: Paul Andrews, 225-778-3645
Last Updated: Oct. 14, 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, Part I and Part II Permits, modification requests, reports, etc. and supporting documents:
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 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.
The Safety-Kleen Systems Inc.’s Columbia facility is located at 2400 Big Bear in Columbia, 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 Columbia 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 two hazardous waste container storage areas, with a total maximum capacity of 3,426 gallons, and one 15,000-gallon above ground hazardous waste 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.
According to applicable federal and state 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.
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 Columbia 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 Sept. 12, 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 Columbia 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 two hazardous waste container storage areas, with a total maximum capacity of 3,426 gallons, and one 15,000-gallon hazardous waste storage tank. Used oil and usable product are not regulated under RCRA, and thus exempt from hazardous waste permitting requirements.