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.
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.
It was supposed to start this summer, but now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will be six months or more before it begins digging a firebreak trench to separate the burning Bridgeton landfill from nearby nuclear waste.
Owner says no indication of any public safety concerns
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.
“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 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.”