By Susan Redden
A Joplin-area plant is seeking state approval of its hazardous-waste permit to reflect changes made after a settlement agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
EBV Explosives Environmental Co. also agreed to pay a monetary settlement of $580,135 for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, federal officials announced Dec. 19.
The firm, which operates an explosives disposal incinerator east of Joplin, is asking the state to approve changes in its hazardous waste management site permit to show the addition of a wet scrubber and an activated carbon-feed system to its air pollution control system.
The request was submitted July 30. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources approved a temporary authorization, then after a technical review, approved modifications in the plant’s hazardous waste permit effective Dec. 7. The permit allows the company to permanently include the air pollution system changes in the permit.
The proposed changes are available for review at the Joplin Public Library. According to a DNR announcement, anyone “adversely affected” by the decision to give final approval to the permit modifications can request an administrative hearing by filing a written petition by Jan. 7.
EBV Explosives, formerly ICI Explosives and Atlas Powder Co., has for many years operated a hazardous waste incinerator that was the subject of local opposition in the 1990s. Hazardous waste, primarily outdated military munitions, has been burned in the incinerator since 1995.
EBV in February 2011 notified the EPA that stack tests conducted in October 2010 showed that hydrogen chloride emissions at the plant were above permitted levels.
A consent order reached in January 2012 required EBV to install equipment to reduce the plant emissions. According to the EPA, changes made in control systems will reduce hydrogen chloride and chlorine gas emissions from the plant by about 200,000 pounds per year, and particulate emissions by about 1,240 pounds per year.
The public can submit written comments on the permit application online via the environmental permit section of the agency’s web site, www.dnr.mo.gov, or in writing to Timothy O’Brien, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102.