Updated 5:20 p.m., Sept. 3 with additional comments – Radiation from the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton has spread to neighboring properties. That’s according to reports released on Thursday by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. The reports also suggest the underground fire at the neighboring Bridgeton Landfill is moving in the direction of the radioactive waste.
Landfill owner Republic Services maintains that the situation is under control and that the subsurface chemical reaction is headed south, away from the known area of nuclear contamination.
According to a press release from the attorney general’s office, Koster gathered the nine reports in support of an ongoing lawsuit the state filed against Republic Services in 2013, for alleged environmental violations at the landfill.
[…]Kathy Bell lives in Bridgeton about a half mile from the landfill. She said the new findings were no surprise — but still came as a shock. “That there is radioactivity found offsite, that it has definitely migrated — I think the part that it was found in trees, that part is shocking,” Bell said.
After more than four years of living next to a smoldering landfill fire, Bell said she has had enough and wants a buyout. “One of the employees from the landfill said that it could take another five years or more before that fire goes out. Well, we can’t take another five years of this,” Bell said. “It’s not just the nuisance odor, so to speak, it’s the toxic cocktail that we’re exposed to. And possibly with radioactive material mixed in with that.”