ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–This week’s lawsuit filed by the state of Missouri against a company that owns a burning Bridgeton landfill is not the first time the firm has had environmental trouble.
Republic Services Inc., owners of the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, ranked near the bottom of a 2009 Newsweek list of 500 major corportions for their track record on enviornmental issues — and 46th of 50 in their industry. Republic has paid some hefty fines in the past to answer complaints about environmental problems:
**In 2007, Republic was fined $725,000 by the state of California due to the risk of hazarduos waste leaking from a closed landfill into San Francisco Bay.
**In 2008, Republic agreed to pay a $1 million fine and up to $36 million in remediation costs for violations of the Clean Water Act at a closed landfill in Clark County, Nevada.
**In 2010, Republic was ordered to pay a $650,000 fine for odor problems with a landfill in Findlay Township, Pennsylvania.
**In 2012, Republic shared $1.5 million fine with the Maricopa County, Arizona for a lack of air quality reports at a Republic landfill there.
**In 2012, Republic was ordered to pay $2.3 million in damages to six neighbors who claimed odors from a Republic landfill in Lee County, South Carolina was ruining the enjoyment of their property.
Republic Services Inc. declined to comment on their landfill track record. Republic owns more than 200 landfills in 40 states and Puerto Rico, many of them — including the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill — already brimming with garbage when it acquired Allied Waste in 2008.