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Unknown Stench Surrounds Bridgeton Neighborhood

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – There was a foul smell in the air in Bridgeton Wednesday.

Several residents complained to KMOV-TV that the stench was so pervasive, they could smell it in their homes, and some say it made their eyes burn.

“As soon as you get off the highway you smell it pretty much. It’s unbearable to come outside sometimes,” said one man.

Previous stenches have been caused by methane fires, deep inside a landfill located in Bridgeton. And next to the regular-trash landfill is one with illegally-dumped radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project.

Last week, hundreds attended an Environmental Protection Agency meeting on what to do with West Lake Landfill. Kat Logan Smith, with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, tells KMOX that she wants the waste moved, but the EPA maintains that putting a cap on the landfill is enough.

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