EPA ID# MOD980971626

MoDNR Contact: Nathan Krause, 573-751-3154 or 800-361-4827
Facility Contact: Paul Andrews, 225-778-3645
Last Updated: Sept. 12, 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:

Current Activities

Final Permit Issued: On Sept. 12, 2019, the department issued a final Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit for Safety-Kleen System’s Columbia facility, effective immediately. Any parties adversely affected or aggrieved by the department’s decision to issue the final Part I Permit, or specific conditions of the final Part I Permit, may be entitled to pursue an appeal before the Administrative Hearing Commission by filing a written petition by Oct. 14, 2019, as more fully described on page 5 of the final Part I Permit.

Safety-Kleen has been operating at the site under a department-issued Part I Permit and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-issued Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. On March 26, 2017, Safety-Kleen submitted a permit application to the department and EPA to renew and update its existing hazardous waste permits. After a thorough technical review of the permit application and opportunity for public comment, the department issued a final Part I Permit. The final permit allows Safety-Kleen to continue managing and storing hazardous waste at the facility.

EPA decided not to issue 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 activities at the facility. EPA intends to terminate the current Part II Permit upon issuance of the Part I Permit.

The public can review and copy paper copies of the final Part I Permit and supporting documents at the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri (during normal business hours) or 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 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.

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 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 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. 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. The permit also requires corrective action in the event there is a release of hazardous waste to the environment. Used oil and usable product are not regulated under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and thus exempt from hazardous waste permitting requirements.