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Washington Landfill Trash Can Stay, Pending Soil Test

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A landfill in Washington, Mo., is overflowing, but the city might not have to move the excess trash, after all.

City administrator Jim Briggs says after how bad the ordor was in Bridgeton, he really doesn’t want to have to move it.

“The city was very concerned that, in light of what’s happened up in North St. Louis County, that we would have a similar problem if we start opening up this landfill to move waste,” Briggs says. “We don’t know what we’re going to encounter. Obviously, we think it’d be a lot of odors because some of that waste has been in there 10, 12 years.”

Previously, the Department of Natural Resources told the city it would be fined if they didn’t move the excess trash soon, but now the department is working with the city to allow the trash to stay, pending a soil-stability test.

The test results will come back in mid-August.

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