The troubled Bridgeton landfill could gain immunity from some lawsuits by nearby residents under an amendment that the Missouri Senate tucked into a bill aimed at cleaning up St. Louis neighborhoods. The amendment would bar certain claims against abandoned or damaged properties if the property was in “good faith compliance” with an order issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the EPA or the attorney general.
The landfill, which has been battling to control foul odors and an underground fire, operates under several orders from the state. A DNR spokeswoman said the amendment “would appear to shield” the landfill from certain lawsuits by citizens. The amendment’s sponsor, Sen. Kurt Schaefer, denied that it’s related to the Bridgeton landfill.