Matt LaVanchy

Landfill Fire Slowing, Closer to Radioactive WastePattonville Assistant Fire Chief says the fire is moving slower than it was three years ago, but it could pick back up again.
Accountability Hearing Reveals Chaos, Miscommunication During Ferguson UnrestEureka Fire Chief Greg Brown and St. Louis County Chief of Special Operations Matt LaVanchy told the committee firefighters were shot at during the unrest and, as a result, were told to stand down, even though residents needed their help.
New Video Shows Landfill Hot Spots on the MoveA new infrared video of the burning Bridgeton landfill raises doubts about claims by the landfill owner that the underground fire is "under control."
Bridgeton Landfill Underground Fire Site Not SmokingWhat some Bridgeton residents thought was smoke coming from the landfill fire site, was actually steam from a company processing asphalt.
New Concerns About the Bridgeton Landfill FireThe 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.
Bridgeton Landfill Sparking New WorriesNew 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.
EPA Puts Six-Month Delay on Firebreak Trench ProjectIt 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.
Surface Fire Extinguished at Bridgeton LandfillOwner says no indication of any public safety concerns
Trench Planned to Keep Bridgeton Fire From Radioactive WastePattonville 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.
Fire Official Warns of New Hot Spot Near Bridgeton Radiation"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."
Pattonville Firefighter Issues Dire Warning on Nuclear 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."
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