Consultant: Fire at Missouri landfill is moving

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) – A consultant hired by the state says an underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill in eastern Missouri is moving closer to another landfill that contains radioactive waste.

The consultant’s report contradicts statements from Republic Services, which owns the Bridgeton landfill. The company says the fire is being managed and there was little chance it would head toward the West Lake Landfill, where the radioactive waste is buried.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the report from consultant Todd Thalhamer says the subsurface smoldering is expanding toward a quarry next to the West Lake landfill.

Republic Services spokesman Russ Knocke disputed Thalhamer’s report, saying the company’s investigation determined the subsurface smoldering is moving away from the West Lake landfill.

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