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Public Hearing Held For Burning 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. (KMOX) – Just hours after a Missouri state lawmaker called for the removal of radioactive waste from the burning Bridgeton Landfill, Department of Natural Resources officials held a public hearing on the issue Monday night.

The hearing was held through a web conference. About 200 people packed into the cafeteria of Pattonville High School, watching a projector and submitting questions through a moderator.

On the other end were representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, an engineer, and a firefighter specializing in landfill fires.

Many people walked out before it was over.

“I kind of was lost in it,” an area resident complained as she left. “I thought it was a poor presentation.”

“What they’re here to do is get some answers and they didn’t get any. That’s why they’re leaving,” another man said. “They never actually talked to the public. They talk at the public.”

“I understand that these are engineers and it’s technical but I felt that was a nice way to just throw out a bunch of information,” another resident added.

The conference was arranged by local Missouri Rep. Bill Otto in an effort to allow citizens to ask questions about the landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency will host a meeting in Bridgeton next week to discuss the results of a radiological survey at the landfill.

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