Some additional information and photo’s from the incident today, February 16, 2014 at the Bridgeton Landfill South Quarry.
This information was reported/posted by Grant Bissell with News Channel 5:
I just got this statement from Republic in regards to this morning’s fire:
“SMALL, SURFACE FIRE EXTINGUISHED AT LANDFILL
No Indications at this Time of Any Public Safety Concerns
BRIDGETON, MO (Feb. 16, 2014) – This morning, the Bridgeton Landfill LLC project team extinguished a small, surface fire located at the southern border of the Landfill, near the drainage ditch area. The surface fire is believed to be the result of a break in an air-line which allowed oxygen into a small area under the liner. It was quickly extinguished by the Landfill’s 24/7 on-site team.
There continues to be steam visible off-site emanating from the area where the surface fire burned part of the liner. The Landfill team is currently covering the burned liner with dirt, but steam may continue to be present and visible for the foreseeable future as a result of hot gas reaching cold air.
Emergency site and contractor teams are now responding to assist with repairs. During the repair process, some off-site odor may be detected while the damaged area of the liner is replaced. In addition, there was damage to the plastic conveyance lines, which allowed some leachate to be released. The leachate was captured and contained within lined ditches, and is being collected for treatment and safe disposal. The Landfill team will keep the community updated on repair work and anticipated completion, as well as continue to investigate the origin of the surface fire.
The Landfill team extends its appreciation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Pattonville Fire Department, and Bridgeton Police Department for their prompt response and coordination this morning.”
This information was posted by Dawn Chapman:
I just came back from the landfill. Chris Nagal and Aaron Schmidt from MDNR were there along with Brian Powers from Republic. Pay attention to the scorched area and the plastic around it.