As anxiety grows in neighborhoods near the Bridgeton Landfill, newly released radiation emergency plans may be of little comfort.
Last month, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster released reports that said an underground fire at the landfill was moving toward radioactive waste in the adjacent West Lake Landfill. Since the release of that report, concern among residents and area officials has heightened.
Koster’s office also said some radioactive contamination was outside West Lake, a Superfund site overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. The reports contradict landfill owner Republic Services’ assurances that the fire is under control and come as Koster’s office presses a lawsuit against Republic over the landfill.