Kevin KilleenBy Kevin Killeen

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – The weekend fire at the Bridgeton landfill has emergency planners scheduled to meet next week to discuss a worst case scenario namely what they would do if a surface fire erupted threatening to contaminate the area with radiation?

Although Sunday’s fire was unrelated to the underground fire and far from the part of the landfill that’s near buried nuclear waste, emergency planners will discuss how to approach possible evacuations.

“If the wind direction dictates that the plume is headed in a direction where we know that it’s populated with residents or even people that are visiting the area, I can tell you that we will err on the side of caution as opposed to jeopardizing anybody,” says Pattonville Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Matt LaVanchy.

The plan includes declaring a Code 1000, which would flood the area with police from surrounding municipalities to knock on doors and carry out the evacuation.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Download The App

Listen Live