A study of the air quality in and around the Bridgeton Landfill show no public concern for any odor released by the landfill.
The owners of the burning Bridgeton Landfill have agreed to continue providing carbon monoxide data to the state on a monthly basis to help emergency planners understand the proximity of the fire to the nearby nuclear waste in the West Lake Landfill.
EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says the seven-month study from May through December last year found no harmful levels of alpha, beta or gamma radiation.
Groundwater under the radioactive West Lake Landfill is contaminated with high amounts of radium, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Members also want agency to come up with guidelines for fighting any fires there.
What some Bridgeton residents thought was smoke coming from the landfill fire site, was actually steam from a company processing asphalt.
The state Department of Natural Resources is sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking for more information on where the fire is in relation to buried nuclear waste.
Last night, Bridgeton Landfill neighbors got a glimpse at the evacuation plan, should the landfill fire hit the surface or run into nearby radioactive waste.
The county’s emergency management director will brief residents on what they would have to do to protect themselves while falling ash would be monitored for possible radioactive contamination.
New worries today about the burning Bridgeton landfill, including where the fire is, and how much time it might take to build a firebreak trench to isolate the nuclear waste.