Waiver passed to aid flood cleanup
JEFFERSON CITY - In response to recent flooding, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has temporarily waived some of the solid waste and air pollution regulations.
The goal of the waiver, effective until June 4, is to give citizens in affected counties throughout the state flexibility in cleaning up the damages left behind by the heavy storms and floods.
The waiver allows damaged or destroyed appliances and yard wastes to be disposed of in permitted sanitary or demolition landfills, as long as those facilities accept it.
The department still encourages recycling the materials and composting or mulching of yard waste if possible.
Cities and counties are being urged to work in conjunction on collecting damaged appliances so refrigerants can be legally recovered from air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers before disposal.
The waiver also permits the burning of affected woody vegetation as long as it is burned on the property from which it originated. Burning isn't allowed in nonattainment areas, such as St. Louis city and the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin.
Within corporate limits of any municipality, community burn sites must receive a permit from the department, also requiring approval from local fire officials.
Vegetative material must be burned 200 yards from the nearest occupied structure, at minimum.
Residents are being told to contact their local government agency for information and to answer questions on the prohibitions.