CBS – St. Louis
BRIDGETON (KMOX) – The owners of the burning Bridgeton Landfill lost their appeal of a state order to install a heat extraction barrier in the neck of the landfill, designed to slow the underground fire from reaching buried nuclear waste.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources had ordered Republic Services in December of 2015 to start building the heat extraction system right away, but Republic appealed the order before the Administrative Hearing Commission.
After the ruling, Attorney General Chris Koster issued a statement saying: “The people of Bridgeton are fed up with Republic Services delays… it should begin the installation of the cooling loops immediately.”
“As the AG’s office knows, we have been working diligently over the past weeks with EPA, MDNR, and the AG’s office on a comprehensive solution for continuing to ensure the separation of the subsurface reaction in the South Quarry and the West Lake Landfill site, including the installation of cooling loops,” says Russ Knocke, a spokesman for Republic Services. “The statement from the AG’s office appears, unfortunately, to be more about litigation posturing than about moving swiftly to an effective solution.”