To DNR: Public Safety Must Be the Highest Priority at the West Lake/Bridgeton Landfill

Earlier this summer Republic Services, the owner of a landfill in north St. Louis County where an underground fire continues to advance toward decades-old radioactive nuclear weapons waste that lies 1,000 feet away, submitted an amended plan to address the fire to the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources.  The Missouri Coalition for the Environment submitted comments Wednesday, August 28, criticizing the Republic Services plan as inadequate to protect public health and safety. MCE further requested that Republic Services be removed from the decision making about actions to be taken in this growing emergency and reiterated its call for the complete and careful removal of the radioactive wastes from the West Lake Landfill.

The West Lake Landfill is a superfund site containing radioactive nuclear weapons waste from the Manhattan project, as well as hazardous industrial wastes. For more information on the site’s history click here.

Read MCE’s August comment letter here.

Read Republic’s 8-14 Revised Contingency Plan here on the MDNR’s West Lake/Bridgeton Landfill Reports page under Archives/Weekly Reports submitted by Republic Services for Bridgeton Landfill. (The document is large and slow to open.)