Government shutdown delays Bridgeton landfill testing

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-- The federal government's partial shutdown is impacting a major project in the St. Louis area.

The concern for people who live and work in Bridgeton is their desire for quick action.   But West Lake Landfill is a superfund site which means the feds must oversee the project.

Tests were supposed to start in two days.  The results would help determine safe placement of a barrier wall.  The firebreak is intended to eliminate contact between West Lake's radioactive waste and the smoldering event at nearby Bridgeton Landfill.  But the regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency says his workers are furloughed and can't be there to overseeactivity.  Washington politics disappoints nearby homeowners and the assistant chief for the Pattonville Fire Protection district.

Assistant Chief Matt Lavanchy says the area of the smoldering trash is constantly expanding.  What's uncertain is how far it’s moving in various directions.   The EPA's regional administrator says testing will be rescheduled as soon as the agency returns to normal operations.

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