ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The owners of the Bridgeton Landfill in St. Charles, Mo., say it’s safe to breathe the air. They claim new numbers from the state shows the air quality did not exceed “health-based screening levels.”

Ed Smith with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment says there’s a lot we don’t know.

Related story: EPA Begins Testing Bridgeton Landfills

“What Republic Health Services is doing is minimizing the fact that they are recording toxins that are being released from this landfill that they are getting into the air,” Smith says. “While they may be below acute levels the chronic long-term exposure to that could have adverse on people’s health.”

The reported stated there were nine odor concerns submitted to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the past week, but none were found to be associated with the landfill.

St. Louis County is doing a health survey on residents living around the landfill, but that report is not expected out until later this year.

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