BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-- The Bridgeton landfill is causing increased concern for people in the area.
Workers are trying to control a subsurface fire burning within feet of buried radioactive waste.
Those affected say congressional action is necessary to avoid disaster. Homeowners, renters and people who work nearby say they have to make sure elected officials understand the gravity of their concern.
The press conference was held in Spanish Village Park where children don't play much anymore. Between the eye and throat irritation associated with the smell coming from the burning and the potential for airborne contaminants from the radioactive waste, this group is demanding that congress treat this as an emergency situation.
Kirbi Pemberton's 13-year-old daughter died two years after being diagnosed with a rare cancer. The family lives near the landfill.
Residents vow to continue writing letters and calling the congressional delegation that represents the area. The West Lake Landfill is a superfund site. And congress could sign off on removal of the waste.