By Susan Reddenand Roger McKinney
State Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, has pre-filed a bill that he said would put teeth into regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations and animal-parts recyclers such as Renewable Environmental Solutions if they violate state law.
The bill calls for any CAFO or animal-parts recycling companies that violate Missouri air, water or odor pollution standards more than once in three years to be subject to a surcharge in addition to a civil penalty. The surcharge would equal the civil penalty plus the sum of any fines assessed during the three years. The money would go to public education, and for enforcement of air and water pollution laws.
Another provision of the bill calls for any CAFO or animal-parts recycler that violates air, water or odor standards at least six times in one year or 12 times in three years to forfeit the operating permit and apply for a new one.
“It would increase the fines and create a mechanism to get the truly bad actors out of business, or at least out of our state,” Nodler said.
Two Carthage residents said they support Nodler’s effort to beef up enforcement, but that to make the legislation effective, the state needs to adopt stricter standards. Mayor Jim Woestman and Trisha Orr have been critical of odor problems they attribute to the RES plant in Carthage.
Woestman said the senator’s proposal “would add more penalties with violations, but right now, the state isn’t writing that many violations.”
The state has investigated many complaints, he said, “where it stinks, and bothers residents, but it isn’t quite bad enough for them to write a violation. The state is going to have to address the odor regulations before it would be any real help.”
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By Susan Reddenand Roger McKinney
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As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
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