Bridgeton landfill

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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Politics & Issues
7:16 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Koster Visits Bridgeton Landfill, Calls For Improved Protocol To Handle Problems

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster talks with Pattonville Fire Department officials about landfill fire.
Credit Missouri Attorney General's Office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Monday that this weekend’s surface fire at the Bridgeton Landfill will play a role in the state’s ongoing lawsuit against its owner, Republic Services.

The fire “informs the court case,’’ Koster said. “The fact that a fire did flare up gives credence to the overall concerns that residents have had for some time.”

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Politics & Issues
5:35 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Report For EPA Says Underground Landfill Fire Poses Little Risk

A view of part of the controversial Bridgeton Landfill.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

A study conducted for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the underground fire plaguing part of the Bridgeton Landfill site isn’t a hazardous threat, even if it reaches radioactive material stored at a neighboring landfill.

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Bridgeton Landfill
5:36 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Republic Services Will Expand Carbon Monoxide Testing At Bridgeton Landfill

Republic Services has agreed to expand the testing for carbon monoxide it does at its landfill in Bridgeton, where a subsurface fire has burned for more than three years.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

The company that owns a smoldering landfill in Bridgeton has agreed to perform additional testing for carbon monoxide at the site.

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Bridgeton Landfill
7:14 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Missouri Attorney General Demands More Monitoring Of Smoldering Landfill In Bridgeton

An underground fire was first detected at the Bridgeton Landfill in December, 2010.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio & The Beacon

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants more air monitoring at the Bridgeton Landfill, where an underground fire has been smoldering for more than three years.

Attorney General Koster asked the St. Louis County Circuit Court on Thursday to order the landfill's owner to collect more data on carbon monoxide emissions.

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West Lake Landfill
11:13 am
Tue December 10, 2013

More Radioactive Material Detected At West Lake Landfill

Radiation warning sign posted on the West Lake Landfill perimeter fence in Bridgeton, Mo.
Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 1:25 p.m. to add statement from Republic Services, and at 6:00 p.m. to add comments from EPA.

More radioactive material has been found at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.

The material was detected during radioactivity testing in preparation for the construction of a trench. That trench will separate radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill from an underground fire smoldering at the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the construction of the firebreak trench.

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West Lake Landfill
5:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Nuclear Policy Analyst: Radioactive Waste At West Lake Landfill Must Go

Radiation warning sign posted on the West Lake Landfill perimeter fence in Bridgeton, Mo.
(Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio)

A nuclear policy analyst is adding his voice to those of area residents, environmental advocates and local government officials who want radioactive wastes out of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.

Robert Alvarez served as a senior policy advisor in the Department of Energy under the Clinton administration and is currently a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Bridgeton Landfill
3:23 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Radioactivity Testing At Bridgeton Landfill To Start Next Week

An underground fire has been smoldering at the Bridgeton landfill for more than 2 years.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:07 p.m.

Preliminary work to build a firebreak at the Bridgeton Landfill will begin next week. But a local environmental group is worried about what it could stir up.

To figure out where they can safely dig the trench that will separate the underground fire from the radioactive waste, contractors will test the soil for radioactivity. That involves clearing trees and shrubs away from where the firebreak will be built.

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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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