The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a public awareness session on the permitting process for sanitary landfills.

The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the department's conference center, 1730 E. Elm St. in Jefferson City.

Representatives of the department's Waste Management Program, Missouri Geological Survey and Northeast Regional Office, along with representatives from Republic Services, will be present to answer questions during the informal discussion period.

Republic Services has obtained preliminary site investigation approval to begin a geologic investigation for expanding its sanitary landfill in Cole County. The proposed site is located at 5605 Moreau River Access Road in Jefferson City, approximately 6.5 miles northwest of the U.S. Highways 50 and 63 intersection.

The department reviews all applications submitted by cities, counties and private owners to ensure sanitary landfills are properly designed and constructed. Technical factors that protect Missouri's environment are also examined. This public session will explain the application review process and the approximate timeline for ruling on the permit application.

Persons requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting should contact David Drilling, P.E., Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Mo., 65102-0176, or call 573-751-5401 or 800-361-4827, two weeks before the meeting.

For more information on site investigations, please contact the department's Missouri Geological Survey at (573) 368-2100.

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