Residents who live in the 400 homes closest to the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill in suburban St. Louis will be compensated thousands of dollars for enduring foul odors from the site. Bridgeton Landfill LLC, a subsidiary of Republic Services, agreed to a preliminary settlement of more than $6.8 million in a 2013 federal class action lawsuit filed by six Bridgeton residents on behalf of their neighbors.
The residents’ attorneys will receive one-fourth of the payout, leaving an average award of $12,750 per household. The money is intended to offset the loss to property values as well as anxiety caused by the odors, according to a plaintiffs’ attorney.
An underground fire at the defunct Bridgeton Landfill was first reported more than three years ago. The fire stirred up noxious odors as well as concerns about the proximity to radioactive waste at the adjacent West Lake Landfill, which is also owned by Republic Services. Last year, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued the waste management company for environmental violations.