BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - Residents who live near a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire is burning are pushing for the immediate removal of nuclear waste that sits near the fire.
Several residents spoke out Monday at a rally near the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.
West Lake actually includes two landfills. Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill is creating an odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit.
The smoldering is about 1,200 feet from a second landfill that includes Cold War era atomic waste.
Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Chris Whitley says the nuclear waste is not endangered by the underground fire, and plans are in place if it gets closer. Whitley says the EPA is still weighing how best to remediate the nuclear site.
People who live within a mile of the smelly Bridgeton Landfill are being offered alternative housing until crews remove concrete pipe sections to get rid of the stench.
The Post Dispatch reports the program is voluntary and will be offered to residents living in Spanish Village, Terrisan Reste mobile home community and certain areas of the Carrollton Village Condominiums.
The landfill is offering to pay hotel lodging fees and taxes at an extended say hotel selected by Bridgeton Landfill officials.
The project is expected to last until June 14.
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - The operators of a landfill in St. Louis County have completed a well improvement project seeking to remove odor-causing gas that has raised concerns for those who live near the facility.
Bridgeton Landfill LLC said Wednesday that it has installed 40 new wells about a week ahead of schedule. Gas will be removed through the wells, then transported to an on-site processing facility.
The landfill sits near Lambert Airport. Residents who work and live near it have complained for months about the smell and raised health concerns.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster late last month filed a lawsuit against the landfill operators, alleging violations of state environmental laws on the 52-acre site.
A circuit court judge had ruled last month that the Franklin County Commission acted lawfully when it approved zoning changes allowing the development of the landfill. Ameren Missouri has since filed for a permit to build the coal ash landfill next to its Labadie power plant.
But the Labadie Environmental Organization is now appealing the court's decision.