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Smoke and steam rise from the dig site at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, May 23, 2013
(Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

Bridgeton Landfill Sparking New Worries

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.

09/04/2014

Bridgeton landfill

EPA Puts Six-Month Delay on Firebreak Trench Project

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.

08/08/2014

Bridgeton landfill fire response on February 16, 2014 (KMOX/Brian Kelly)

Surface Fire Extinguished at Bridgeton Landfill

Owner says no indication of any public safety concerns

02/16/2014

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill (Photo: KMOX)

Trench Planned to Keep Bridgeton Fire From Radioactive Waste

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.

09/24/2013

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, where underground fire has been smoldering since December 2010 (Photo: KMOX)

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.”

09/16/2013

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill (Photo: KMOX)

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.”

08/13/2013

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