West Lake Landfill
The Pattonville School Superintendent joins the Missouri Delegation in making that request
The EPA is being asked to contract directly with the Army Corps of Engineers to handle any and all remediation needed at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.
Mounting public pressure for the removal of nuclear waste from the West Lake Landfill is the topic, as the Missouri Congressional delegation meets about what to do.
More than fifty people have posted written complaints about the smell neighborhood activist, Dawn Champman, describes as “burning tire, rubber, even a little bit of raw gasoline or kerosene.”
The EPA will be digging up to 80 feet deep to find out if radioactive waste from the West Lake Landfill has migrated closer to an underground fire at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill.
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.
Republic Services, owner of the Bridgeton Landfill, is preparing to build a firebreak trench to separate the fire from nearby nuclear waste at the West Lake Landfill.
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.
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.