Residents Near Landfill Want Nuclear Waste Removed

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago July 01, 2013 Jul 1, 2013 Monday, July 01 2013 Monday, July 01, 2013 2:35:49 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

BRIDGETON - Residents who live near a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire is burning are pushing for the immediate removal of nuclear waste that sits near the fire.

Several residents spoke out Monday at a rally near the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.

West Lake actually includes two landfills. Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill is creating an odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit.

The smoldering is about 1,200 feet from a second landfill that includes Cold War era atomic waste.

Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Chris Whitley says the nuclear waste is not endangered by the underground fire, and plans are in place if it gets closer. Whitley says the EPA is still weighing how best to remediate the nuclear site.

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