Butler Fall Citywide Clean-Up

The Fall Citywide Clean-up for Butler will be the 3rd and 4th weeks in September.  All houses north of Fort Scott street September 14th-18th, and all houses south of Fort Scott street September 21st-25th.  Bates County Disposal will pick-up residential properties only, all items must be placed at the curb and separated from weekly trash, one load per pick-up only.  No tires or construction/building materials.  The City of Butler will pick-up your normal yard waste.  These items must be placed separate from the trash pick-up.  Brush and Limbs no larger than 6” in diameter, leaves must be bagged in City of Butler Leaf bags.  Items must be at curbside by 6 am on Monday of your pick-up week.

Attention Voters

From the office of Bates County Clerk, Marlene Wainscott;

Voters who have NOT voted since the last Presidential Election and HAVE MOVED, please contact the County Clerk’s Office at 660-679-3371.

Expert Management Inc. receives final Hazardous Waste Permit to continue corrective-action and post-closure care activities

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 2, 2020 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued a final hazardous waste permit for the Expert Management Inc. facility, allowing the company to continue corrective-action and post-closure care activities at its Carthage facility.

Expert Management Inc. operated a chemical and explosives manufacturing facility at the site, located at 3078 Co. Road 180 in Carthage. The facility manufactured industrial-grade ammonium nitrate, weak nitric acid, ammonium nitrate-based emulsion explosives, commercial dynamite, TNT, blasting agents and other chemicals used in the explosives industry. Operations at the facility concluded in 2002. EMI has discontinued and decommissioned most of the buildings at the facility, with the exception of main office and maintenance buildings necessary to facilitate post-closure care and corrective-action activities.  

Expert Management Inc. has been performing long-term monitoring and maintenance activities, and conducting corrective-action investigations and remediation activities at the site under a department-issued Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-issued Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. The company submitted a permit application to the department and EPA on Nov. 26, 2014 (with revisions dated Aug. 20, 2019), to renew and update their existing hazardous waste permits. Expert Management Inc. also submitted a Remedial Action Plan application to the department and EPA on Feb. 11, 2016 (with revisions dated Sept. 30, 2019), requesting to include provisions in the renewal permit.

The department previously approved Temporary Authorization requests for Expert Management Inc. to compost impacted soil. After the department conducted a thorough technical review of both the permit application and the company’s preferred final remedy, and provided opportunity for public comment, the department approved the proposed final remedy and issued a final Part I Permit that includes a schedule of compliance. The final permit requires Expert Management Inc. to perform corrective-action activities according to the approved final remedy. The Part I Permit outlines the approved final remedy and includes limitations on property activity and use established through an enforceable Environmental Covenant. The Part I Permit includes Remedial Action Plan provisions for handling composted soils as proposed in the plan application.

EPA decided not to issue a Part II Permit, since EPA has no site-specific conditions for the facility and Missouri is fully authorized for all permitting, post-closure, Remedial Action Plan and corrective-action activities at the facility. EPA will terminate the existing Part II Permit upon the issuance of the Part I Permit.

Any parties adversely affected or aggrieved by department’s decision to approve the proposed final remedy and issue the final Part I Permit or by specific conditions of the final Part I Permit, may be entitled to pursue an appeal before the Administrative Hearing Commission. To submit an appeal, a written petition must be filed by Sept. 30, 2020, a process more fully described in the final Part I Permit.

The final Part I Permit and additional information are available online dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/permits/notices  or at the Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. in Joplin. For more information about the final Part I Permit or to obtain a written copy of the final Part I Permit for review, please contact Bryce Bobbitt, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, by telephone at 573-751-3068 or 800-361-4827, or by email at bryce.bobbitt@dnr.mo.gov. Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals may reach Bobbitt through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

Three-night MU Extension Online Cattle Management Workshop Series September 22nd

 Three-night MU Extension Online Cattle Management Workshop Series will begin September 22nd

Stockton, Mo.-MU Extension regional livestock and agriculture business specialists have put together a three-night online cattle management workshop series to educate cattle producers on various management and financial strategies for optimum performance of their cattle operation.  “Management is key to profitability in a cattle operation,” says Patrick Davis, MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist. 

The workshop series will begin on September 22nd at 7:00 p. m. with a discussion of general winter cattle feeding management.  Topics covered will include: 

  • cattle nutritional management including grazing management and supplementation strategies 
  • forage testing and understanding a forage test
  • hay feeding strategies to reduce hay wastage
  • economics of hay versus grazing and using winter annuals to improve the grazing season
  • economics of cattle supplementation

The second night of the workshop series will be September 29th at 7:00 p. m. with a discussion on winter cow-calf operation feeding management.  Topics covered will include: 

  • feeding cows and calves through the winter
  • weaning calf management including creep feeding and proper weaning time
  • cow body condition score management
  • identifying and culling cows to improve the herd and economics of the operation
  • economics of weaned calves
  • economics of raising versus purchasing replacement heifers 

The final night of the workshop series will be October 6th at 7:00 p. m. with a discussion on winter stocker cattle operation feeding management.  Topics covered will include

  • nutritional and grazing management for optimum gain
  • supplementation strategies including discussion of hay and grain-based supplements as well as additives
  • preconditioning and vaccination programs
  • use of implant to improve performance
  • economics of retaining calves after weaning or direct sale 

The workshops are free to the public but registration is required to attend the workshops.  You can sign up for each individual workshop or sign up for all three.  Registration to attend the workshops needs to be done at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/online-cattle-management-workshop-series one day prior to the workshop that you plan to attend.  These workshops will be done on the ZOOM platform so once you register a ZOOM link will be provided so that you can attend the workshop. For any questions or issues related to registration contact Patrick Davis at davismp@missouri.edu or by phone at (417) 955-0287.