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Government shutdown delays Bridgeton landfill testing

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-- The federal government's partial shutdown is impacting a major project in the St. Louis area.

The concern for people who live and work in Bridgeton is their desire for quick action.   But West Lake Landfill is a superfund site which means the feds must oversee the project.

Tests were supposed to start in two days.  The results would help determine safe placement of a barrier wall.  The firebreak is intended to eliminate contact between West Lake's radioactive waste and the smoldering event at nearby Bridgeton Landfill.  But the regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency says his workers are furloughed and can't be there to overseeactivity.  Washington politics disappoints nearby homeowners and the assistant chief for the Pattonville Fire Protection district.

Assistant Chief Matt Lavanchy says the area of the smoldering trash is constantly expanding.  What's uncertain is how far it’s moving in various directions.   The EPA's regional administrator says testing will be rescheduled as soon as the agency returns to normal operations.


  • ByeByeToTheRite

    No money to save the environment – but PLENTY of money to destroy it with wasteful, unnecessary missiles, jet fighters, bombers, war ships, and dangerous oil drilling! Yes sir, Republicans make sure we have PLENTY of money for those things, oh, and tax breaks for the WEALTHY! Too bad they only want to cut health care for us working folks! Guess they’re going to lose AGAIN!

  • Byron Clemens

    Time for the U.S. Government to re-open and clean up their waste. People in St. Louis area have suffered too long from these WW II area radioactive atomic bomb wastes. Ann Wagner, Lacy Clay, Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt this is a real emergency illegally dumped U.S. Government radioactive waste in a burning waste dump. Have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FUSRAP team clean it up get to together and protect our citizens (and voters).

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