BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – A former official with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources writes a sizzling farewell letter about the burning Bridgeton landfill.

Dan Norris was the director of air sampling efforts around the Bridgeton landfill from 2012 through 2014.

He has issued an open letter claiming politics – not science – is dominating the state’s handling of the landfill crisis.

Norris says within the DNR, scientists are “losing their minds because they are fighting their own management structure,” which seems more concerned with politics than public safety.

He says there is “an overall cozy relationship between the landfill owner and the DNR.”

Click here to read Dan Norris’ entire letter “to the People of Missouri Regarding the Bridgeton Landfill Smoldering Event.”

In 2011, Norris says Republic Services pushed for – and was almost granted – permission to change the status of the landfill from “inactive” to “closed” for about $700,000.

Since then, Republic Services has faced more than a $100 million in expenses related to remediation and monitoring, he says.

The letter also claims that plans to build a firebreak trench in the landfill appear stalled if not abandoned because of radioactive material found in soil samples where the trench was supposed to go.

Norris warns that there is still no solid isolation plan, groundwater continues to be contaminated, and soil gas migration continues to pose a risk to nearby structures.

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