Consultant says fire at Missouri landfill is moving
BRIDGETON (AP) - A consultant hired by the state said an underground fire smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill in eastern Missouri is moving closer to another landfill that contains radioactive waste.
The consultant's report contradicted statements from Republic Services, which owns the Bridgeton landfill. The company said the fire is being managed and there was little chance it would head toward the West Lake Landfill, where the radioactive waste is buried.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the report from consultant Todd Thalhamer said the subsurface smoldering is expanding toward a quarry next to the West Lake landfill.
Republic Services spokesman Russ Knocke disputed Thalhamer's report, saying the company's investigation determined the subsurface smoldering is moving away from the West Lake landfill.