EPA: Remedy to landfill fire to come in 2015

2 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Monday, October 26 2015 Oct 26, 2015 Monday, October 26, 2015 7:14:00 PM CDT October 26, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency administrator said a plan will come before the end of 2015 to ensure an underground suburban St. Louis landfill fire doesn't reach a buried cache of nearby Cold War-era nuclear waste.

Mark Hague, acting chief of the EPA region that includes Missouri, said Monday that the public isn't in any immediate danger from embers smoldering below the Bridgeton Landfill. He said that fire is still 1,000 feet from the nuclear waste.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has called on the EPA to figure out "without delay" how to keep the smoldering underground garbage away from the nuclear waste.

Hague said the agency is working with the state of Missouri on a plan.

(Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to change the year of the plan.)

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