260.210. 1. It is unlawful for any person to:
(1) Dump or deposit, or permit dumping or depositing of any solid wastes onto the surface of the ground or into streams, springs, and all bodies of surface or ground water, whether natural or artificial, within the boundaries of the state except in a solid waste processing facility or solid waste disposal area having a permit as required by section 260.205; provided that, this subdivision shall not prohibit the use or require a permit for the use of solid wastes in normal farming operations or in the processing or manufacturing of other products in a manner that will not create a public nuisance or adversely affect the public health, and shall not prohibit the disposal of or require a permit for the disposal by an individual of solid wastes resulting from his or her own residential activities on property owned or lawfully occupied by him or her when such wastes do not thereby create a public nuisance or adversely affect the public health;
(2) Construct or alter a solid waste processing facility or solid waste disposal area of a solid waste management system without approval from the department;
(3) Conduct any solid waste burning operations in violation of the rules and regulations of the Missouri air conservation commission or the department;
(4) Except as otherwise provided, store, collect, transport, process, or dispose of solid waste in violation of the rules, regulations or orders of the department or in such a manner as to create a public nuisance or adversely affect the public health; or
(5) Refuse entry or access, requested for purposes of inspecting solid waste processing facilities or solid waste disposal areas, to an agent or employee of the department who presents appropriate credentials, or hinder the agent or employee in carrying out the inspection. A suitably restricted search warrant, upon a showing of probable cause in writing and upon oath, shall be issued by any circuit or associate circuit judge having jurisdiction to any such agent or employee for the purpose of enabling him to make such inspection.
2. Information obtained from waste disposed or deposited in violation of this section may be a rebuttable presumption that the person so identified committed the violation of sections 260.200 to 260.345. If the operator or passenger of any vehicle is witnessed by a peace officer or employee of the department of natural resources to have violated the provisions of this section and the identity of the operator is not determined or otherwise apparent, it may be a rebuttable presumption that the person in whose name such vehicle is registered committed the violation.
3. No person shall be held responsible pursuant to this section for the dumping or depositing of any solid waste on land owned or lawfully occupied by him or her without his or her express or implied consent, permission or knowledge.
4. The department shall investigate reports of the dumping or depositing of solid waste or demolition waste in a manner contrary to the requirements of sections 260.200 to 260.345. The department shall immediately issue a cease and desist order if it determines that any person has been or is dumping or depositing solid waste or demolition waste, or has allowed the dumping or disposal of solid waste or demolition waste or has received compensation for same, in a manner contrary to sections 260.200 to 260.345. The department shall order the owner of the property or the person placing solid waste or demolition waste thereon, or both, to remove all solid waste from the premises if it determines that the waste might be reasonably expected to cause a public nuisance or health hazard.
5. The department shall order a site cleaned up pursuant to the provisions of section 260.230, when it determines that the property owner or the operator has accepted remuneration or otherwise benefitted financially for placing solid waste or demolition waste in or on the site in contravention of this section. Persons who knowingly haul solid waste or demolition waste to a site which is operating without a permit, persons who operate such a site and persons who own the property where the solid waste or demolition waste is being dumped or deposited shall be jointly and severally liable for cleanup costs and any damage to third parties caused by the dumping or disposing of solid waste or demolition waste on the property if the owner or operator has accepted remuneration or otherwise benefitted financially from such disposal. The provisions of sections 260.230 and 260.240, relating to the issuance of orders, shall be applicable to an action pursuant to this section. Any person aggrieved by any action of the department pursuant to this section may appeal in the manner provided in section 260.235. Any person may bring civil action for actual and exemplary damages against the responsible party if the person has sustained injury due to violations of this section.
6. Notwithstanding subsection 1 of section 260.250, any solid waste disposal area or solid waste processing facility serving a city with a population of more than four hundred thousand inhabitants may accept yard waste commingled with solid waste that results from an illegal dump cleanup activity or program conducted by the local government of such city pursuant to this section. The local government of such city shall provide certification to the solid waste disposal area or solid waste processing facility that the origin of the yard waste is from the cleanup of illegally dumped solid waste.
7. Any person who engages in building construction, modification or in construction, modification or demolition which produces demolition waste, in types and quantities established by the department, shall dispose of such waste in a demolition or sanitary landfill or other authorized sites as provided by rule. Each such person shall maintain records of sites used for demolition disposal for a period of one year. These records shall be made available to the department upon request.
8. Cities and counties which issue building permits shall reprint the following on each permit or on a separate notice:
"Notice: The disposal of demolition waste is regulated by the department of natural resources pursuant to chapter 260, RSMo. Such waste, in types and quantities established by the department, shall be taken to a demolition landfill or a sanitary landfill for disposal."
9. A demolition landfill may accept clean fill, waste resulting from building or demolishing structures and all other waste not required to be placed in a sanitary landfill or a hazardous waste disposal facility for final disposition.
10. Notwithstanding subsection 7 of this section, certain wastes may be disposed of as provided by this subsection:
(1) A person engaged in any activity which produces clean fill may use such material for fill, reclamation or other beneficial purposes on his or her own property or on the property of another person with the permission of the owner of such property, provided that such use does not violate any state law or local ordinance or order;
(2) A person engaged in any activity which produces wood waste may reuse or recycle such waste or may dispose of wood waste on the site where generated if such disposal is in compliance with applicable state law or local ordinances or orders;
(3) A person who engages in clearance, trimming or removal of trees, brush or other vegetation may use wood wastes from such activities for beneficial purposes including, but not limited to, firewood, ground cover, erosion control, mulch, compost or cover for wildlife.
(L. 1972 S.B. 387 § 3, A.L. 1975 S.B. 98, A.L. 1978 H.B. 1634, A.L. 1990 S.B. 530, A.L. 2000 H.B. 1238)
Missouri General Assembly