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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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Bridgeton Landfill
5:14 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

New Construction At Bridgeton Landfill Could Mean More Smelly Fumes

More fumes are expected to be released from the Bridgeton Landfill during construction slated to start on Monday.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

The company that owns the Bridgeton Landfill is gearing up for the next phase of an effort to control an underground fire that has been burning at the site for more than two years.

Starting on Monday, Republic Services will begin excavating sections of the landfill to remove underground concrete pipes.

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Bridgeton Landfill
4:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

There's A Burning Problem At The Bridgeton Landfill - It Stinks But Is It Unsafe?

The Wilfong Family lives in Bridgeton, within smelling distance of the landfill. They're concerned about the landfill's effects on their health. Three of the Wilfong kids have asthma.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Things have been heating up at the Bridgeton Landfill, a few miles west of the St. Louis airport.

Whether you call it an underground fire, a smoldering event, or just a chemical reaction, it’s causing temperatures inside the landfill to reach well over 200 degrees.

And as St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra reports, area residents are worried about the potentially noxious fumes — and what could happen if the fire spreads.

The Wilfongs

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