Radioactive Material Discovered Closer To Landfill Fire Outside St. Louis

Chris Koster, Missouri attorney general | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Chris Koster | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Additional radioactive material has been discovered closer to an underground fire in the Bridgeton Landfill, and Missouri’s attorney general wants quicker action to keep the material from reaching the adjacent West Lake Landfill.

Chris Koster’s letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the landfills’ owner, Republic Services, comes one year after he sued Republic Services, alleging violations of environmental laws.

Republic’s efforts to keep the fire from spreading “do not address the entire problem” because additional radioactive material has been discovered closer to the fire, the letter said. Koster wants the EPA and Republic to work more quickly to locate all of the nuclear waste, dumped illegally about 40 years ago and previously thought to be contained in West Lake.

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