DNR public comments due March 18

By Sheila Harris sheilaharrisads@gmail.com

Public comments on proposed permits for the land-application of sludge to over 8,400 acres of land in Barry County are due to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by 5 p.m., Monday, March 18.

Although legal descriptions for land-application sites are listed on the proposed permits, no mention is made of the facilities from which the sludge originates, nor was a requirement for third-party testing of sludge materials mentioned.

When asked, Heather Peters, with the Water Protection Program of the DNR, said the concerns are examples of comments that could be submitted to the DNR.

Comments may be submitted by email to  publicnoticenpdes@dnr.mo.gov.

Please include the public notice numbers in the subject line and body of the email.

For Synagro: MO0141244

The entire draft permit can be found in the link at https://dnr.mo.gov/calendar/event/251416.

For HydroAg: MO0140490

The entire draft permit can be found in the link at https://dnr.mo.gov/calendar/event/251426.


  1. Promote science and civics together like folks promote baseball, soccer, and basketball.

    You know?….

  2. A staggering 16,500,000 gallons of clean water will be pumped from our water table by DENALI WATER SOLUTIONS LLC. to refill their lagoons to preserve the integrity of their basin liners,
    Department of Natural Resources ordered DENALI to empty half the slaughterhouse waste, after a spill onto private property. DENALI has three waste lagoons in Missouri. Combined sludge is approximately 33,000,000,gallons . Farmers and tourist business cannot afford to lose this much water. Missouri has a 76 per cent water shortage. This is a real problem for Agriculture. The “flowery “ words that DNR and Denali use are deceitful. They don’t tell the story behind them. “Nutrient Rich “ equals slaughter house blood, chemicals, guts, animal pieces, ecoli, antibiotics, and the list goes on. The three Denali lagoon’s have a combined thirty-three million gallons of waste. We all live downstream, how would you like to live with the air pollution and toxic waste if there was a spill on your land? We all need food but we need water first and foremost, let’s produce food in an environmentally safe process. Please send your comment telling DNR that we want clean water. We want to fish, swim, boat, float, in clean water. A friend once came to our house from out of state. We took them to the creek. “I can see the bottom,”she screeched with delight. We do not want industry or processing plants directing their sewage into our waterways. The Clean Water Act made it unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a source point unless a permit was obtained. In order to continue living in this world we cannot continue to allow the oversight of federal and state entities who are to uphold the integrity of our life line….WATER. This isn’t a Barry County problem, this is a Missouri problem. According to Stream Teams United ..on May 18th, 2012 Senate Resolution (scr 17) passed, gifting Missouri with a new state slogan…MISSOURI THE GREAT RIVERS STATE.


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