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.
Charlie Dooley has had financial and political ties to Richard Callow, a political consultant who is now working in public relations for Republic Services, the company that owns the burning landfill.
“The sales tax issue did pass, the bond issue did not. It required two-thirds favorable vote, 66 percent, and it only received 60 percent,” he said.
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.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says the driver suddenly became ill before her car struck a pedestrian. She died a short time later.