DNR aids with flood relief by waiving waste disposal and treatment rules

by Apr 3, 2019Farm News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily waived rules regarding waste disposal for residents in Northwest Missouri to aid in flood relief.

A press release Tuesday revealed that rules regarding landfills, discharge of wastewater and burning vegetation or untreated wood waste have been waived in an attempt to help flooded communities recover.

Permitted sanitary or demolition landfills can choose whether or not to accept yard waste or major appliances damaged or displaced by floodwaters.

The public is encouraged to contact their local landfill operator prior to bringing their materials.

Facilities that have experienced excessive runoff or floodwaters within the Northwestern portion of the state will not recieve a violation from the DNR for the release of untreated wastewater or the shutdown of a collection or treatment system.

State permits that are required for burning vegetation or untreated wood waste will also be temporarily waived, however, a few conditions apply.

Wood waste that is burned must be untreated and must be a result of the severe flooding which began March 11.

For more information about the waived rules, visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website.