Activists want state of emergency declared at West Lake Landfill

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)- An activist group is asking Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency at the West Lake Landfill.

The group, Just Moms STL, delivered a petition with more than 11,000 signatures to Governor  Nixon's office today asking him to abate the dangers.

This petition drive comes after a heated meeting Monday in Bridgeton between residents who live near the radioactive site and officials from several federal agencies. The environmental protection agency, which is in charge of the contaminated West Lake Landfill, tried to assure residents that they have the site under control and everything is okay. But residents aren`t buying that argument.

The petitions ask the governor to step in and use his powers to mitigate and extinguish the fire burning at the Bridgeton Landfill which is right next to the radioactive West Lake Landfill.

The group wants the Army Corps of Engineers to take over clean-up of the West Lake site. The underground fire at the Bridgeton landfill is smoldering within about 1,000 feet of the radioactive West Lake site.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has said that the fire is moving toward the nuclear waste. But Republic Services, which owns both landfills, says efforts to keep the fire from reaching the waste have been successful.

Two young children carried a small casket with the petitions inside.

The activists, dressed in black, also wore black tombstones to signify the dangers of the radioactive landfill.