Posted by: Green Knight | April 6, 2013


I was researching something else, and ran across this nice little tidbit from the Missouri Solid Waste Management Law, Section 260 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri (RSMo.), which I used to enforce:

“Fly ash produced by coal combustion, exemption from solid waste permitting requirements, conditions–certain counties.

260.242. All fly ash produced by coal combustion generating facilities shall be exempt from all solid waste permitting requirements of this chapter, if such ash is constructively reused or disposed of by a grout technique in any active or inactive noncoal, non-open-pit mining operation located in a city having a population of at least three hundred fifty thousand located in more than one county and is also located in a county of the first class without a charter form of government with a population of greater than one hundred fifty thousand and less than one hundred sixty thousand, provided said ash is not considered hazardous waste under the Missouri hazardous waste law.”

Sounds like they had a specific town in mind, doesn’t it? There was similar language in the hazardous waste law or regulations regarding Times Beach back in the before time. Since I’m providing advice to a group that’s fighting a utility company’s proposed coal-ash landfill in the floodplain of the Missouri River (great idea, right?), that paragraph sort of jumped out at me from the page. I can’t figure out what town they mean, though; the population numbers don’t add up. And how can a city have a higher population than the county it’s in? Weird.


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