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BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) _ The St. Louis-area's congressional delegation says some contamination in a suburban landfill prone to smoldering came from the government and could justify changing oversight of the property.

The delegation writes in a recent letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz that Moniz's agency should rethink whether Bridgeton's West Lake landfill should be added to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cleanup program designed for radioactive contamination.

The landfill now is under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency, which has promised to propose a cleanup by the end of the year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that residents and activists long have argued for the oversight change, believing it could hasten the site's cleanup.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch