Bridgeton

Bridgeton Landfill
5:29 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Low Air Pollution Risk Near West Lake Landfill, EPA Says

A view of the Bridgeton Landfill, taken in the fall of 2014.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The underground fire at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site does not produce air pollution that exceeds hazardous standards, the regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.  

“The air around the West Lake Landfill site in north St. Louis resembles the air elsewhere in metro St. Louis. There’s nothing distinctive,” said Karl Brooks, who leads EPA’s Region 7 from his office in Kansas City.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:20 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Environmental Activist To Address Bridgeton Landfill Concerns

Lois Gibbs holds her daughter Missy stands outside her Love Canal home in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1978.
Credit Courtesy of Lois Gibbs

Environmental activist Lois Gibbs will be in St. Louis this weekend for a “teach-in” to address problems at the adjoining Bridgeton and West Lake landfills, located in Bridgeton a few miles from Lambert Airport.

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Health & Science
10:52 am
Fri February 21, 2014

New Bridgeton Landfill Data Suggest Underground Fire Still Far From Radioactive Waste

Map shows concentrations of carbon monoxide collected from gas extraction wells at the Bridgeton Landfill on January 24. Readings above 1,000 ppm indicate an underground fire. Radioactive waste is located north of the wells shown in purple.
Credit Republic Services

Updated on 2/23/14 to correct the date of the 2013 CO measurements, and on 2/21/14 to add a data table from MDNR and more characterization of the recent CO measurements.

New monitoring data from the Bridgeton Landfill suggest that an underground fire has not spread toward radioactive waste to the north.

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Kinder/SEMA
7:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kinder blasts Nixon Admin. for skipping disaster recovery hearing

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, pictured here in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) is criticizing Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration for not taking part in a disaster recovery hearing Tuesday at the State Capitol.


A House interim committee appointed to examine the state’s response to last year’s flooding and tornadoes held what was supposed to be its final hearing – but it ended early when no one from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) or the Department of Public Safety showed up.  Kinder, who chairs the committee, says they will now send a letter to the Nixon Administration asking for written testimony.

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FEMA Funding
5:50 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Bridgeton still waiting on 'Good Friday Tornado' funding

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder listens to public input about Missouri’s response to the 2011 ‘Good Friday Tornado’ at an interim committee hearing Aug. 1, 2012.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is asking the State Emergency Management Agency to explain why the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton has not received $500,000 in FEMA funds to help it recover from the 2011 Good Friday tornado.

Kinder chairs an interim legislative committee on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, which agreed today to give SEMA 48 hours to respond.  

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Toddler found safe
10:54 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Toddler missing from Bridgeton found safe

Police have located 2-year-old Brooklyn Hunter safe after she went missing last week.
(Photo provided by Bridgeton police)

A toddler taken from a Bridgeton hotel room last week has been found safely.

Detectives with the Bridgeton Police Department received a tip early Saturday evening that 2-year-old Brooklyn Hunter and Albert Cory Hunter were at a St. Louis Bread Company at 6701 Clayton Rd. Clayton police investigated the tip and found the pair. Albert Hunter was arrested without incident - Brooklyn did not appear to be injured, but Bridgeton Lt. Steve James says she was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

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Missing toddler
8:23 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Bridgeton police searching for missing toddler

An endangered missing persons advisory has been issued for 3-year-old Brooklyn Hunter, who was taken from a Bridgeton hotel room on Sunday night.
Bridgeton Police/provided

Police in Bridgeton, Mo., have issued a endangered missing person advisory for a toddler taken from a hotel room in the city on Sunday.

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Business/Northwest Plaza auction
4:44 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Northwest Plaza up for sale again

A vacant Northwest Plaza is on the auction block, for a starting bid of $1.25 million.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

It was once the region's largest shopping mall. Some even billed it as the largest mall in the world.

Now, the vacant Northwest Plaza in St. Ann is up for sale by a group of lenders who need to get the 122-acre, 1.8 million square foot site off their books by 2012.

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Bridgeton
12:00 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Former Bridgeton officer guilty of bribery

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A former police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton faces sentencing in July after pleading guilty to taking a $5,000 bribe.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis says 38-year-old Scott William Haenel of O'Fallon also admitted obstructing a federal investigation in his guilty plea on Wednesday.

Federal authorities say a person cooperating with the FBI met several times with Haenel between November and January and paid him $5,000. In exchange, Haenel agreed to help conceal a money laundering scheme involving drug trafficking money.