BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-- Residents living near a landfill at the center of a controversy did not receive the news they were looking for Monday night. The Westlake Bridgeton Landfill Community Advisory Group, also known as CAG, held a meeting in Bridgeton.
The West Lake Landfill superfund site is where radioactive waste is buried. There is an underground fire in the adjacent Bridgeton landfill. Efforts are underway to build a barrier. The EPA has found no immediate health risks in the area. Many residents dispute those findings and worry about any long term health effects.
''It`s sitting in an unlined landfill, in an urban area, in flood plane, in a seismically vulnerable area," said Edward Smith, Missouri Coalition for the Environment.
The CAG invited experts to share information about how soil and water samples are analyzed and what the results mean. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency made a presentation and answered questions.
An EPA representative said the most recent analysis did not change the agency`s assessment that there is no immediate health risk.
Maryland Heights resident Dawn Chapman believes the findings are far from conclusive. She questions why testing has been limited to the site. An EPA representative said the agency is focused on the effort to create a barrier in-between the underground fire and the radioactive waste.