The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission met recently to discuss changes to Missouri’s hazardous waste management regulations that will bring them in line with federal regulations designed to control pollution, according to Lake News Online. The regulations will address underground storage tanks for hazardous materials as well as other public health and safety regulations. As experienced St. Louis chemical exposure attorneys, we fully support the Commission in its efforts.
The regulations being considered by the Commission would create several changes. For instance, one proposed regulation will require hazardous waste management facilities to submit a health profile along with other required paperwork to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The health profile must include information about diseases associated with the particular hazardous wastes stored at the site, as well as information about the rate of these diseases in the surrounding community and the risks that community members face of developing the listed diseases.
Another set of proposed rule changes will update Missouri’s requirements for underground hazardous waste storage. The Commission notes that Missouri’s underground storage tank regulations have not been updated in over twenty years, and that, consequently, regulators are not currently able to take advantage of the significant improvements in testing, storage, and safety technology and procedures that have developed during that time. The new regulations are intended to bring Missouri’s regulations up to speed when it comes to using the best technology available to store hazardous waste safely.
Hazardous waste and hazardous materials storage facilities are heavily regulated because, in many cases, a leak or spill can cause serious damage to the health of the community. If you’ve been exposed to toxic materials and suffered injury, the experienced Missouri personal injury attorneys at Page Law can help. Call us today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation. You can also visit our Page Law Facebook page for useful information and other topics of interest.