The radioactive dirt was found about 30 feet below the surface, in an area where landfill owner Republic Services want to dig a firebreak trench.
A former DA former Dept. of Energy official in the Clinton Administration is expected to call for new action on the West Lake Landfill tonight in Bridgeton.
Documents show that the ongoing fire at the Bridgeton Landfill is not the first to come close to nearby radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay testing at the smoldering Bridgeton landfill fire until federal funding for the work is enacted.
Before the trench can be dug, the Environmental Protection Agency must test the dirt for radiation to make sure it is safe for workers.
“Normally when you dig trenches like that in a landfill area, you bring up a lot of putrescible waste which is attracting for birds,” Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said.
Pattonville Assistant Fire Chief Matt LaVanchy says there should be enough time to dig the trench before the fire gets near radioactive waste in the West Lake Landfill.
You can hear the gas extraction pumps hissing in rhythm from the giant, tarp-covered landfill. No smoke is showing but residents like Karen Nickel say some days the odor is still awful.
“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.”
It happened at about 8 a.m. in the 4100 block of Muro, near Natural Bridge and Fee Fee Rd.