“This thing is not sitting still, waiting for the powers to be to make their decisions. It’s continue to do what it’s going to do.”
Ed Smith, Missouri Coalition for the Environment spokesman says the goal is to keep the fire in the trash landfill away from an adjacent landfill containing radioactive waste.
“It shouldn’t be in this community at all to begin with, let alone having a fire 1,000 feet away from it,” Matt LaVanchy says. “There is just that much more sense of urgency with this.”
There are those who disagree with the notion that the West Lake waste doesn’t constitute a public health risk. Many of those dissenters plan to protest Wednesday morning.
Dooley declined to comment on whether Republic Services, which owns the site, has done enough to address community concerns or minimize the health risk to citizens.
About 200 people packed into the cafeteria of Pattonville High, watching a projector and submitting questions through a moderator.
Ed Smith, of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, says temperatures are rising on the other side of the barrier.
The removal process is expected to last through mid-June, and will temporarily make the smell worse.
“Could you please tell everybody what we’re breathing in now so we can kind of gauge what ‘worse’ might be?”
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was in St. Louis to announce an agreement with Republic Services, operators of the Bridgeton Landfill.