BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) – A federal judge has approved a $6.8 million class action settlement for residents who live near a smoldering Missouri landfill.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Monday that the judge found the settlement fair, reasonable and adequate on Friday.
Six Bridgeton residents filed the lawsuit against Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services last year. About three-fourths of the residents in the 400 homes closest to the landfill agreed to the settlement reached in April.
The suit stems from foul odors caused by an underground fire at the landfill. It started more than three years ago.
The settlement awards up to $26,000 per household once attorneys’ costs are paid. Anyone who accepts the settlement cannot file further nuisance claims about the landfill’s odor.
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