BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – The cold continues to impact people. Calls from people living and working near the Bridgeton Landfill indicate the odor from the landfill is worse than it’s ever been. They say the most recent heavy odor event started this past Sunday.
A notice from the landfill says repairs to the gas extractors which help control the odors have been slowed by the cold weather.
Some homeowners speculate that while the gas extractors are under repair, the toxins they are intended to control are being released into the air.
Homeowners say they can smell the foul stench inside their homes. It’s been described by some as the source of nausea and headaches.
The odor is directly connected to what the landfill owner, Republic Services, calls an “underground smoldering event”.
The fire has intensified over the past three years.
Residents say they are frustrated, stressed out and afraid of what‘s next. Their anxiety is intensified by the fact that the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill sits within 1,500 feet of buried radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill.
Here is the press release from Republic Services:
"ODOR ALERT CONTINUED DURING ONOING REPAIRS FOLLOWING EXTREME COLD WEATHER
BRIDGETON, MO (January 8, 2014): The Bridgeton Landfill, LLC team extended Monday’s odor alert into today as it continues to make repairs to the gas extraction system. These repairs may cause a potential for off-site detection of odor.
We sincerely regret any inconvenience the odors may cause, and we are working as hard and as fast as possible to make the repairs. The extreme weather makes it difficult to predict a precise completion date or time, but we remain committed to keeping the community informed of our progress.
This information has been provided to both MDNR and St. Louis County. We appreciate your patience during this time."