BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – A very heavy garbage and gasoline odor prompted a flood of complaints this week against the owners of a suburban St. Louis landfill.

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.”

She told KMOX the smell was so bad Monday, she couldn’t drop her son off at Rose Acres Elementary in Maryland Heights.

“Its to the point you don’t want your children in this. I don’t care if the health department says it’s save. It gives them headaches, it causes people to have asthma attacks,” she said.

Kathy Bell who lives in Spanish Village wrote on the West Lake Landfill’s facebook page Sunday: “Opened the door to let the dogs out, and now the whole house smells awful.”

At last word the EPA was taking soil samples to determine whether it will be safe for workers to dig a firebreak trench to separate the fire from the nearby nuclear waste.


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