January 09, 2020

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Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., St. Charles Facility Receives Final Hazardous Waste Permit to Continue Storing and Treating Hazardous Waste

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 9, 2020 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued a final hazardous waste permit to Safety-Kleen, allowing the company to continue storing and treating hazardous waste at its facility.

Safety-Kleen operates a commercial hazardous waste storage and treatment facility at the site, located at 4526 Towne Court in St. Charles. Since 1975, this facility has been a temporary accumulation point for spent solvents, paint wastes, lacquer thinner wastes and waste oil produced by Safety-Kleen customers. The majority of Safety-Kleen’s customers are small-quantity generators. Safety-Kleen also stores other types of wastes on a 10-day transfer basis. Once a sufficient quantity of materials is collected in containers and tanks, the hazardous waste is shipped to a Safety-Kleen recycling facility or a contract reclaimer for processing.

Safety-Kleen has been operating at the site under a department-issued Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-issued Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit.

On March 23, 2017, Safety-Kleen submitted a permit application to the department to renew its existing hazardous waste permit.

After a thorough technical review of the permit applications and opportunity for public comment on the draft permit, the department issued a final Part I Permit. The final permit allows the company to continue storing and treating hazardous waste.

EPA decided not to issue a Part II Permit, since EPA has no site-specific conditions for the facility and Missouri is fully authorized for all permitting and corrective action activities at the facility. EPA intends to terminate the current Part II Permit upon issuance of the Part I Permit.

Any parties adversely affected or aggrieved by the department’s decision to approve the permit modification request and issue the final Part I Permit, or by 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 Jan. 16, 2020 as more fully described on pages 5-6 of the final Part I Permit. 

The final Part I Permit and additional information are available or at the St. Charles City-County Library’s Kisker Branch, 1000 Kisker Road in St. Charles.

For more information about the final Part I Permit or to obtain a written copy of the final Part I Permit for review, please contact Abby Sawyer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, by telephone at 573-526-5397 or 800-361-4827, or by email at Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals may reach Sawyer through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.