State seeks added protections at landfill with underground fire

Courtesy of Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The DNR has asked the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill to  increase efforts to control an underground fire. | Courtesy of Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources asked the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill to step up their efforts to keep an underground fire from reaching nuclear waste at the adjacent West Lake Landfill in suburban St. Louis. The actions are considered a stop-gap measure because construction on a planned barrier between the two landfills has been delayed and isn’t expected to start for 18 months.

A spokesman for the landfill operator said the state’s proposal is unnecessary because the company is already working to reduce temperatures in the landfill, and that it was unlikely that the underground fire would reach the nuclear waste.

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