KANSAS CITY, MO. (May 4) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is moving to dispose of more than 57,000 tires stored at two sites in the city´s industrial district.
The state has revoked the hauling license of Tom Jenkins, owner of Catsco Inc., which operates the two sites. Catsco was authorized to transport scrap tires but did not have a permit to store them.
Mr. Jenkins reached an agreement with the state to clear the tires from one site by March 19 and the other by May 18. He missed the first deadline and the state began proceedings against him.
"He hasn´t lived up to the agreement, so we have to proceed to get this cleaned up," said Richard Allen, an environmental specialist with the state´s solid waste management program. "He has baled some tires, but he is nowhere near full compliance."
The state´s Department of Corrections, through Missouri Vocational Enterprises, has contracted to clean up the site, Mr. Allen said.
Mr. Jenkins said he has been plagued by bad luck. "I tried to clean the site in the time frame I agreed to, but I ran into a slew of family problems," he said. "Then my equipment broke down. Before I knew it, it was too late to meet the deadline."
He said he is working to clear the first site and is upset at the state´s decision to move in. "It is costing them $100 per ton to clean it up, and it costs me $25 per ton," he said. "They are passing those costs on to me, so I am really getting hurt."
Mr. Jenkins said he sent a fax to solid waste management director Jim Hull requesting additional time to clean the sites. "He suggested I get to work on the second site while the Department of Corrections cleans the first site," Mr. Jenkins said.
Mr. Jenkins said he has borrowed enough money to do the cleanup.
"We don´t believe he will get it cleaned up," said Scott Holste, a spokesman for Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon. "He had deadlines and missed them. He is not in compliance with the agreement. We have filed a lawsuit and are not aware that Mr. Jenkins´ attorney has responded."