Bridgeton landfill

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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Bridgeton Landfill
12:31 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Mo. Attorney General Files Suit Against Bridgeton Landfill Owners On Environmental Grounds

Mo. Atty. General Chris Koster outlines his lawsuit over concerns at the Bridgeton Landfill on March 27, 2013.
Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

Missouri's Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit in response to the ongoing concerns surrounding the Bridgeton Landfill.

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Bridgeton Landfill
6:27 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Natural Resources Asks For 'Legal Action' Related To Bridgeton Landfill

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

Updated on Friday, March 22 at 9:45 a.m. to add information about air sampling results, and a statement from Republic Services.

The Missouri Department of Resources is asking the state’s attorney general to enforce environmental laws at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill.

DNR’s letter asks Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to "institute appropriate legal action to resolve any past, present or future environmental violations" at the landfill.

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Bridgeton Landfill Fire
5:22 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Advocacy Groups Warn Of Landfill Fire Risks In Bridgeton

An underground fire has been smoldering at the Bridgeton landfill for more than two years.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

A coalition of environmental and worker rights organizations held a meeting today to lobby government officials about the risks posed by an underground fire at the Bridgeton landfill.

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Bridgeton Landfill Fire
4:09 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Fumes From Bridgeton Landfill Not A Health Risk, Says Mo. DNR

The subsurface fire at the Bridgeton landfill isn't visible, but residents more than two miles away can smell the fumes.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

A fire has been smoldering underground at the Bridgeton landfill for more than two years. People living in the area have complained of strong chemical smells, and of symptoms including burning eyes and headaches.

Earlier this month, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources tested the air there for toxic chemicals. The DNR took samples on two separate days at six sites near the landfill, including some in a residential area.

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