See No Evil

18 07 2012

St. Louis Forestry Division Commissioner Greg Hayes turns a blind eye to his agency’s clandestine landfill in Carondelet Park.

By Bill Newmann

“A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.”Albert Einstein

Forestry boss Greg Hayes says this dump doesn’t exist.

By all appearances there is a landfill craftily tucked within the trees at the St. Louis compost facility in Carondelet Park. But according to the city official in charge of the site, the dump  doesn’t exist.

On Monday, St. Louis Forestry Division Commissioner Greg Hayes denied the dump site’s existence, which was first reported by the The Journal of Decomposition last week [What a Dump!, July 10].

Hayes’ denial comes on the heels of a response from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that draws into question the legality of Forestry’s  Carondelet Park landfill. In a response to a request under the Missouri Sunshine Law, DNR verified that none of the required state permits have been issued for the unacknowledged dump.  DNR is the state agency that regulates solid waste disposal.

Renee Bungart, DNR’s public information officer, was unavailable for comment earlier this week regarding the department’s policy on investigating illegal landfills.

Hayes and St. Louis Streets Department director Todd Waelterman were originally contacted because their agencies share joint responsibilities for the city’s composting site in the park. Both men denied that workers bury any trash on the premises.  Hayes and Waelterman were adamant, however, that they would personally visit the site to investigate the goings-on.

Amid the park trees, the landfill that “isn’t there.”

Though the Streets Department uses the facility to drop off organic waste materials, the Forestry Division runs the operation. Hayes says he’s been down to the compost yard several times in the past week and spoken with the city employee that works there. Based on his inspections, Hayes says he sees no  problem with the way operations are proceeding, or with the condition of the refuse-riddled compost Forestry provides for city residents.  He acknowledged that “there is some random trash” at the site, but it is insignificant.

When quizzed  about the clandestine park dump, Hayes expressed ignorance of the subject and responded with a question of his own :
“Where?”
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2 responses

19 07 2012
Coleman

I just got of the phone with the St. Louis city Forestry office and left a message with commissioner Hayes. I implore you all to do the same! He has to understand that the people are noticing and taking action. His # is 314-613-7200 leave a message if need be then call Mayor Slay’s office!

28 09 2013
M.T.LUMPKINS

THIS IS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF slays HAND PICKED SUPERVISORS FUNNELING MONIES FROM TAXPAYERS IN THE CITY OF ST.LOUIS,I’M SURE THE FBI IS LOOKING INTO slays LITTLE ON GOING SLUSH FUND!

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