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Pipe Removal Begins at Bridgeton Landfill

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Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, where underground fire has been smoldering since December 2010 (Photo: KMOX)

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, where underground fire has been smoldering since December 2010 (Photo: KMOX)

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) – Work is now under way to remove concrete pipes from the Bridgeton Landfill.

Operators of the landfill believe removing the pipes will help eliminate a strong odor that is bothering residents who live near the landfill that sits near Lambert Airport in suburban St. Louis. But the removal process, expected to last through mid-June, is also expected to temporarily make the smell worse.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday but was delayed by rain.

The landfill’s parent company, Republic Services, has offered to move residents who live within a mile of the landfill to hotels until the work is complete. The voluntary relocation program is part of an agreement reached by Republic Services and the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

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