The Future Of Hazardous Waste
The forum was designed to bring environmentalists and industry together.
"We tried to bring all parties together to have a discussion from everyone's perspective to what direction Missouri needs to take on different rules and statutes and regulations and processes," said Roger Walker of the Regulatory Environmental Group.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) detailed long-term goals for hazardous waste sites. It included keeping the information available of what materials and contamination is left on site.
"Long-term stewardship is something that our agency and many other agencies are looking at," said Robert Geller of the D.N.R. "It's a concept, it's a philosophy that helps us look to the future to make smarter decisions today."
Flat Branch Park is one example of what the DNR hopes to accomplish in their long-term stewardship plan. The park used to be the home of petroleum storage tanks which contaminated the soil. The city of Columbia then teamed up with the department of natural resources to clean up any hazardous waste before the park was constructed. The DNR said Flat Branch Park is at the unrestricted use level, meaning its at the safest possible level.