Protesters urge residents to attend landfill meeting


Bridgeton Landfill (File photo)

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-With another excessive odor warning in recent days, workers were scrambling to contain the potential threat from a Bridgeton landfill complex Saturday. Residents were also scrambling to organize an army of supporters for a showdown with the EPA.

“Our goal is 500 people at Pattonville High School, Tuesday night.  More would be welcome.  EPA only seems to understand a show of force,” said Donna Klocke, one of the protesters who held picket signs along the St. Charles Rock Road Saturday, alerting residents to the meeting.

It was the “little protest that could”.

The number of picketers dropped to only 3 after starting about a dozen strong two hours earlier; people who just a few months ago never expected to be there holding signs.

“’Not in a million years,” said protester, Lynn Leak. “I’ve lived here for 12 years now.  I never knew anything about it until 2 months ago.”

More coverage: Nuns Pray For Bridgeton Landfill Cleanup

“This Spring,” Klocke said. “I went down there thinking, ‘oh there`s a meeting about the landfill, wonder what’s going on?’  Son of a gun, here were all the senators, congressmen, mayors, and the people from the government, DNR, EPA…it was like, ‘oh my goodness’.”

Workers at the old Bridgeton sanitary landfill site were pulling weekend duty to complete an emergency capping of 32 acres of landfill, to limit odors from what overseers call an underground ‘reaction’, speeding up decomposition of trash 320 feet thick from high above to deep below the ground level, causing spikes in the release of nuisance gases.

Protesters call it a massive underground trash fire, creeping toward radioactive waste in the adjacent West Lake landfill.

“I’ve had to go to my son’s house twice this week, (the odor) was so bad.  My eyes water like I’m crying.  My nose burns,” Leak said. |

More coverage: Agreement Reached On Reducing Foul Odors At Bridgeton Landfill

The EPA is holding a public meeting on the landfill`s future Tuesday night at 6:30 at Pattonville High.

Protesters said the capping was operation fruitless.

“They’re wanting to cap it.  We want it out of here,” Leak said.

“Right now, they need to stop this fire. Eventually I’d like to see it all hauled out of here;  but right now, people are in danger,” Klocke said.

Republic Services, which owns the landfill, maintains the installation of gas interceptor wells to minimize risk from the fire is working.

Follow me on Twitter:  AndyBankerTV
Facebook:  Andy Banker on Fox 2

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News