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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) - EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks today responded to Missouri Attorney General Kris Koster regarding the West Lake Landfill, assuring Koster that progress is being made at the St. Louis County landfill where underground smoldering is just a few hundred feet from buried nuclear waste.

In his letter, Brooks says that the EPA intends to soon conclude an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to enlist Corps construction expertise for the isolation barrier to separate West Lake from the sub-surface smoldering event at the Bridgeton Landfill.

He says that the State of Missouri and the Environmental Protection Agency are working together to keep holding the responsible parties to their duties. These duties, he says, include, “controlling the sub-surface smoldering event at Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, separating the West Lake Landfill from the SSE, and completing selection and implementation of a protective long-term Superfund remedy at West Lake.”

Brooks says that the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as Superfund, covers release of hazardous substances wherever they have come to be located.

“EPA is committed to taking actions that compel the West Lake/Bridgeton PRPs to bear the costs legally required to contain and manage radiologically impacted material resulting from the disposal of leached barium sulfate, regardless of where it is located at the site,” he says.

Koster sent a letter earlier this week urging the EPA to move more quickly. The letter came a year after Koster sued the landfill owner, Republic Services, alleging violation of environmental laws.

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