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Bridgeton City Council Wants EPA to Step Aside

Michael Calhoun
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Photo of Bridgeton Landfill Aug. 19, 2013 showing black liner material to be covered. (Photo:

Photo of Bridgeton Landfill Aug. 19, 2013 showing black liner material to be covered. (Photo:

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) - It was unanimous.

The Bridgeton City Council wants control of the radioactive West Lake Landfill transferred from the EPA to the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Let’s get something done,” says councilwoman Linda Eaker. “It’s not a very nice way to live, and as far as the radioactive waste, I am concerned about that.”

She’s worried about that radioactivity spreading through groundwater.

Eaker says the EPA needs to step aside.

“It’s going too slow, and hopefully having someone else might expedite that,” she says. “Although I’ve been told that they might have to start all over.”

She says the council isn’t taking a stance on whether the radioactive material should be dug up and relocated or not.

Meanwhile, the owner of the neighboring Bridgeton Landfill, which is still dealing with underground fires, says a change in jurisdiction would likely mean more delays.

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