Allison Blood, KMOX

FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) – The city of Florissant is not happy with the recent study on what to do with the toxic waste at the Westlake Landfill. Mayor Thomas Schneider says there were some things the Environmental Protection Agency left out of the report.

There was very little mentioned about the chance of the waste seeping into groundwater and polluting the water supply, or an earthquake causing the landfill to spill into the surrounding area. He says both of those are possible and would cause a “small Chernobyl” that would mean people would have to leave area. There are two options outside of just leaving it as is: contain it, or move it. Schneider says moving it could be very expensive, so containing it might be the best option. He acknowledges it’s not a perfect long-term solution, but it would probably suffice for the next century or two.

He says for now he’s shared his position with the city council, and is refusing to choose what to do with the toxic waste until a new study in completed or until the EPA can explain why it didn’t look into those possibilities.

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Comments (2)
  1. stlmom4 says:

    EPAs own conclusions are not IF a landfill will fail and seep into ground water, it is WHEN. Note to Florissant: Check out options and viability of possibilities on your own and through other branches of the EPA. Region 7 and those still involved at the highest levels have been known to … give different data and options than available to other regions and answers, even to national elected officials, to be in conflict with facts.

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