Bridgeton Landfill | Photo courtesy of Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Owners of smoldering landfill say radioactive material poses little risk



A new report from the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill in metropolitan St. Louis finds little risk to public health even if an underground chemical reaction spreads to the adjacent West Lake Landfill and the radioactive waste illegally dumped there 40 years ago.

Area residents and environmentalists worry that the reaction will spread to the radioactive waste and expose nearby residents and workers to airborne radioactive material. But in a report requested by the Environmental Protection Agency and obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Republic Services reiterated a prior conclusion from its engineers that the underground reaction is not hot enough to ignite waste in the landfill and would not carry radioactive particles off-site.

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