Mo. company assessed $25K in penalties

Bryan Cohen Oct. 17, 2011, 12:26pm


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a consent judgment on Friday against a Franklin County business for alleged violations of the state's Hazardous Waste Management Law.

The Department of Natural Resources alleges a number of violations of the Hazardous Waste Management Law by Precision Rebuilders Inc., located in St. Clair. The company is a remanufacturer of a variety of parts for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

The alleged violations include failure to determine if the solid waste generated at the facility was hazardous, failure to obtain permits to operate as a hazardous waste storage facility and to store hazardous waste onsite, failure to keep the facility contact person and generated waste codes updated with DNR, failure to keep containers in which hazardous waste was stored in good condition and properly closed, failure to store ignitable hazardous waste more than 50 feet off a property line, failure to properly package, mark or label containers of hazardous waste per Department of Transportation requirements, failure to provide records showing that weekly inspections of the facility and daily inspections of areas subject to spills occurred, failure to minimize the possibility of a fire, explosion or other unplanned release of hazardous waste which could threaten human health or the environment and failure to use a licensed hauler to remove hazardous waste from the facility.

"Taking care of our environment is a responsibility we all share," Koster said. "This office takes that responsibility seriously and will continue to vigorously enforce the laws governing the use of our natural resources."

Under terms of the judgment, Precision Rebuilders must comply with the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law and was assessed penalties of $25,000. A total of $15,000 of the penalty will be paid to the Franklin County School Fund while the remaining $10,000 is suspended contingent on the company committing no repeat violations for two years. If the company fails to comply with the consent judgment, it will have to pay $100 a day for each violation up to 30 days, $200 a day for each violation from 31 to 60 days and $300 a day for each violation beyond 60 days. The company was also ordered to pay all court costs.

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