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BRIDGETON, MO (KMOX) - The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a meeting tonight to answer questions about radioactive waste lurking underground near a landfill fire in Bridgeton.

The EPA says it will announce the results of groundwater tests that look for radioactive isotopes near the West Lake nuclear radiation site.

Ed Smith with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment says his group has already sent a list of questions to the EPA that it wants answered.

“We’re going to ask the EPA why we’re seeing more radioactivity in the ground water from the most recent report that they have on their website compared to what they used to inform their decision to leave the radioactive waste in place in 2008,” he said. “Back from December of 2012, for total radium in the groundwater, one of the wells that they drew from was five or six times above the EPA limit for radium in drinking water.”

Smith says his group and others are urging the federal government to remove that radioactive waste before the smoldering landfill fire gets any closer.

The meeting will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Pattonville High School Auditorium.

“They’ve got a room to fit 500 people and I expect every seat to be taken,” Smith said.

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