BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – As officials at the burning Bridgeton Landfill prepare to dig a firebreak ditch at the site, Lambert International Airport officials are working to ensure the dig won’t send flocks of birds across its airfield.

“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. “So what we have to be ensured of is that as they dig that up, what’s coming out of the ground is not attractive to birds.”

Hamm-Niebruegge says she is in discussions with the landfill’s owner, Republic Services Inc., on how they can keep the smell under control.

The trench is being dug between the trash landfill and nearby buried nuclear waste at the West Lake Landfill.

The Pattonville Fire Protection District said last week that a start date for digging the ditch has not been announced but plans call for completing the project in six months.


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