Missouri's top law enforcement official wants the owner of a St. Louis landfill to provide more details about a underground smoldering fire at the site which could threaten radioactive waste buried nearby.
On Thursday, Attorney General Chris Koster asked the St. Louis County Circuit Court to order Republic Services to provide additional monitoring data related to the Bridgeton Landfill.
Koster says the state has asked Republic Services to supply data and maps showing the concentration of carbon monoxide at various locations in an effort to track movement of the fire.
He says the company has not supplied comprehensive data for the north part of the site, nearest the nuclear material.
A spokesman says the company expects to provide additional monitoring data that it believes will validate that the site is safe.
Additional steps are being undertaken to reduce the strong odors emanating from the Bridgeton Landfill. Owners of the landfill, Republic Services, say they are adding 7 acres of tarp to control the smell which has been so bad that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit on behalf of residents. Gas extraction pumps have also been installed to reduce the odor. Despite some improvement, there are still days when the smell is overwhelming. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says more short-term odors may be generated as gas extraction wells are prepared for the installation of the liner.