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Koster announces new odor/fire control agreement with Bridgeton landfill owners

The owners of the long-smoldering Bridgeton Landfill are promising to do more to control foul odors and keep the underground fire from reaching radioactive waste buried at the adjacent West Lake Landfill. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office on Thursday announced the new agreement filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court as part of Koster’s pending lawsuit […]

Koster announces new odor/fire control agreement with Bridgeton landfill owners

The owners of the long-smoldering Bridgeton Landfill are promising to do more to control foul odors and keep the underground fire from reaching radioactive waste buried at the adjacent West Lake Landfill.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office on Thursday announced the new agreement filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court as part of Koster’s pending lawsuit against Republic Services for violations of environmental laws.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that under the court order, Republic will add carbon monoxide testing to keep tabs on the movement of the fire.  Residents have expressed concern that the fire burning for the last three years is creeping closer to the West Lake Superfund site.

Republic will also add a round-the-clock flare system to capture foul-smelling vapors, which have been a problem in the area for more than a year.

Republic must also pay up to $1.5 million to cover the state’s cost in monitoring the landfill. Koster says additional penalties and fines will be addressed when the lawsuit goes to trail in August.

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