Bridgeton landfill

West Lake Landfill
6:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

EPA Considering Landfill Fires In Re-evaluating What To Do With Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton

This map from May, 2013, shows part of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton. The underground fire is shaded in red, the radioactive waste in orange. The 1993 fire was in the north quarry, closer to the radioactive waste.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

This isn't the first time a fire has smoldered underground at the landfill in Bridgeton.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says another subsurface fire burned there in 1993.

They found a reference to that fire in an old report related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's management of radioactive waste at the landfill.

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West Lake Landfill
2:32 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Koster Asks EPA To Do Testing At West Lake Landfill Despite Shutdown

The Bridgeton landfill.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Attorney General Chris Koster has asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct radioactivity tests at the West Lake landfill in Bridgeton that were delayed because of the government shutdown.

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Bridgeton Landfill
3:18 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Mo. DNR: The Bridgeton Landfill Fire Is Moving And We Want More Temperature Monitors To Track It

A map from May 2013 outlining the then-location of the underground fire and buried nuclear waste at the landfill. The new temperature probes Mo. DNR is requesting are to be installed roughly along the edges of the landfill's narrow neck.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:40 p.m. to add Missouri Coalition for the Environment letter and comment from Republic Services.

The fire within the Bridgeton Landfill is still smoldering and now the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is ordering the company which operates the landfill to install additional temperature monitors to track the fire.

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West Lake Landfill
6:16 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmaker: Remove Radioactive Waste From Landfill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

A suburban St. Louis lawmaker is calling for the removal of nuclear waste from a landfill near Lambert Airport.

Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill has created a foul odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued the landfill owner, Republic Services.

Bridgeton Landfill is part of the larger West Lake Landfill. Another area of West Lake contains nuclear waste from the Cold War era.

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Bridgeton Landfill
8:24 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

EPA: Radioactive Wastes At West Lake Landfill Not A Health Risk

A fire has been smoldering underground at the Bridgeton Landfill (labeled "Former Active Sanitary Landfill" in this image) since late 2010. There is radioactive waste in the two purple regions labeled Operable Unit 1 Area 1 and Operable Unit 1 Area 2.
Credit Environmental Protection Agency report p. 15

The Environmental Protection Agency says radioactive wastes at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton are "contained" and "do not pose public health risks."

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Bridgeton Landfill
4:30 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Odors Expected To Worsen During Bridgeton Landfill Construction

A new phase of construction slated for May 20 to June 14, 2013, is expected to increase gas emissions and odors at the Bridgeton Landfill.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.: The Department of Health & Senior Services is also posting its evaluations of the air monitoring data here. The regulatory standards that DHSS is using to estimate the health risks from landfill fumes are here.

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Bridgeton Landfill
6:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Agreement Reached On Bridgeton Landfill, But Questions Still Remain

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster speaks to reporters about his preliminary agreement with Republic Services to address problems at the Bridgeton Landfill. Assistant Attorney General Joseph Bindbeutel looks on.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a preliminary agreement on Tuesday with the owner of the Bridgeton Landfill.

Koster filed a lawsuit against Republic Services six weeks ago, alleging violations of state environmental laws. A fire has been smoldering underground at the landfill for two and half years.

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Bridgeton Landfill
6:06 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Ruling Expected To Help Address Problems At Bridgeton Landfill

Ed Smith of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, speaks at a press conference about the ongoing issues at the Bridgeton Landfill on May 13, 2013.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

A ruling is expected Tuesday morning related to the Missouri Attorney General's lawsuit against the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill.

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Bridgeton Landfill
4:24 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

State Posts More Air Sampling Results From The Bridgeton Landfill But Still Won't Discuss Them

An underground fire has been smoldering underground at the Bridgeton Landfill for almost two and half years.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 1:02 p.m. May 10 to reflect missing data has now been posted.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has released more air sampling results for the Bridgeton Landfill.

According to a written summary on the DNR's website, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services analyzed the data collected from mid-March through April 23 and found unhealthy levels of sulfur dioxide at two sites near the landfill.

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Bridgeton Landfill
11:11 am
Wed May 8, 2013

In Response To Landfill Stench, Company To Cover Hotel Stays For Bridgeton Residents

Phoenix-based Republic Services owns the Bridgeton Landfill.
Credit Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

The company that owns the Bridgeton Landfill is offering to cover the cost of hotel stays for nearby residents who want to get away from the smell.

On Tuesday, Republic Services sent a letter to 270 households within a one-mile radius of the landfill, saying the company would pay for residents to move to a pet-friendly hotel between May 20 and June 14.

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