AG Koster announces dismissal of Republic Services, Inc.’s appeal over installing heat-extraction cooling loops at Bridgeton Landfill
April 13, 2016, 4:41 PM
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that the Administrative Hearing Commission has dismissed an appeal of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) order that requires Republic Services to install a heat-extraction barrier, composed of a series of cooling loops, in the neck area between the North and South quarries of the Bridgeton Landfill. The purpose of the cooling-loop barrier is to help stop the progression of the fire from the South Quarry to the North Quarry, while the federal government contemplates a permanent long-term remedy.
DNR ordered Bridgeton Landfill on December 4, 2015, to initiate installation of the heat-extraction barrier system “within 14 days of receipt of this letter.” Republic refused and appealed the order to the Administrative Hearing Commission, which subsequently dismissed the appeal.
“The people of Bridgeton are fed up with Republic’s delay and deflection in carrying out its responsibility to manage its burning landfill,” Koster said. “With the dismissal of this appeal, Republic is out of excuses. It should begin the installation of the cooling loops immediately.”