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Bridgeton Landfill Owners Add More Tarp To Quell Smell

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Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill (Photo: KMOX)

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill (Photo: KMOX)

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) - More work is underway to control odor problems at the burning Bridgeton Landfill where residents say there are good days and bad.

You can hear the gas extraction pumps hissing in rhythm from the giant, tarp-covered landfill. No smoke is showing but residents like Karen Nickel complain some days the odor is still awful.

“[It’s] a smell you will know for the rest of your life. It’s in your nose and it will never leave,” she says with a laugh. “You will always identify that smell.”

The site’s owner, Republic Services Inc., is adding another 7.5 acres of thick tarp to try to further control odors.

Some residents, like Greg Barnett, say the smell is not as bad as it once was.

“As far as the odor goes, it seems to have lessened quite a bit,” he says.

The Department of Natural Resources says more short-term odors may be generated as gas extraction wells are prepared for the installation of the liner.

To resident Kathy Bell, the site’s stench can be overwhelming at times.

“If we get up in the middle of the night to let the dogs out – like early, early morning hours, 1:30 or so – you’ll open up that door and it will just take your breath away.”

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