Congressional group pushes for landfill oversight change
BRIDGETON (AP) - The St. Louis-area's congressional delegation says some contamination in a suburban landfill prone to smoldering came from the government and could justify changing oversight of the property.
The delegation writes in a recent letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz that Moniz's agency should rethink whether Bridgeton's West Lake landfill should be added to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cleanup program designed for radioactive contamination.
The landfill now is under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency, which has promised to propose a cleanup by the end of the year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that residents and activists long have argued for the oversight change, believing it could hasten the site's cleanup.