DNR says plan to contain Bridgeton landfill needs to work

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says a plan to slow the spread of burning trash needs work.

The owners of the Bridgeton Landfill have been told their plan is incomplete.

It appears DNR is looking for a plan that would hold the smoldering event at its present location.  But landfill owners submitted a plan that the state says has deficiencies.

The contingency plan is required under a court approved agreement between the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Republic Services.   Company officials promised to contain the underground smoldering event and keep it from reaching the Westlake Landfill's radioactive waste.

But the plan as submitted could fail to stop the fire from moving from the south quarry, through a narrow stretch into the north quarry, thus possibly allowing it to reach the radioactive material. The assistant chief of the Pattonville Fire District agrees with DNR.

Republic Services issued a written statement saying the company will prepare a response in compliance with the requirements of the agreed order.  The company has 20 days to submit changes.

A community meeting will be held Thursday at 7pm at the Pattonville High School.  The contingency plan will be part of the discussion.