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More Testing This Week At Bridgeton Landfill

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Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen

Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to begin more sample digging in Bridgeton this week.

They’ll be digging up to 80 feet deep to find out if radioactive waste from the West Lake Landfill has migrated closer to an underground fire at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill.

Neighborhood Activist Dawn Chapman says the EPA hasn’t been very open in the past about its data.

“They do these tests and they get the results in, and then depending on what those results are, they decide the next step. But then what they tell us is, ‘the results of that are not qualified yet, so we can’t release them to the public. You guys can’t see what those numbers actually are,’” Chapman explains.

Chapman says the smell from the burning landfill has been bad in recent weeks and neighbors are wondering when the ordeal will ever end.

An EPA spokesman says the digging could go on through early March, and the data will be released to the public once its “quality assured.”

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