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Extreme Cold Causes More Odor Problems at Landfill

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Photo of Bridgeton Landfill Aug. 19, 2013 showing black liner material to be covered. (Photo: dnr.mo.gov/bridgeton/)

Photo of Bridgeton Landfill Aug. 19, 2013 showing black liner material to be covered. (Photo: dnr.mo.gov/bridgeton/)

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - The odor problem that has plagued the Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis County for several months is back, and this time the extreme cold weather from earlier this week is part of the problem.

Bridgeton Landfill LLC says repairs to the gas extraction system are necessary after the cold weather hampered the system, creating more foul odors from the underground smoldering that is occurring at the landfill. The work is expected to be finished soon.

In the meantime, the stink is bothering residents who live near the landfill.

The landfill is spending millions of dollars to try and resolve the odor problem. Part of that effort involves trying to cap the underground smoldering, and adding 40 new wells. The work to add the wells should be finished by April.

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