April 28, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today filed a motion to force Peerless Landfill, Inc., a demolition landfill in St. Louis County, to shut down for noncompliance of an earlier consent judgment that required it to have a working system to control methane gas emitted by the landfill, as well as to have an insurance mechanism for the continued working of the system.
The Attorney General said the business has missed multiple deadlines for assuring a properly working gas extraction system on the property. The company also failed to produce the financial assurance mechanism necessary to cover continued costs for operating the system.
The motion filed by the Attorney General leads the way for the landfill to be forced to stop accepting waste for disposal and to close the landfill in accordance with Missouri Solid Waste Management Law. The suit also would order the owners to operate and maintain the gas extraction system to control the future release of methane gas within regulatory limits, provide a financial assurance mechanism, and pay penalties to the state.
"It is critically important to Missouri's environment and the health and safety of the public that we force businesses to comply with our environmental laws," Koster said. "As Attorney General, I intend to make sure that landfills across the state operate in ways that avoid environmental harm and also have in place the resources to correct any problems."
Peerless Landfill is located in Valley Park, near Interstate 44 and Highway 141.