June 3, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that Republic Services of Bridgeton has completed the abandonment of the six Reinforced Concrete Pipes (RCPs) identified as contributing to both the odor experienced by area residents as well as the underground smoldering at the site. Pursuant to an agreed order of preliminary injunction approved by the Circuit Court of St. Louis County on May 14, Republic removed the RCPs to facilitate the installation of a permanent landfill cap.
The RCP-abandonment phase of the remediation project began on May 22 and wrapped on June 3. Republic expects to have the permanent cap in-place by Labor Day. Throughout the RCP abandonment residents within one mile of the site were offered paid accommodations.
"While this is an encouraging first step toward controlling the odor and stabilizing the landfill, there remains a great deal of work left to do," Koster said. “We will continue to vigilantly monitor the site as work progresses."
The Attorney General visited the Bridgeton Landfill the evening of May 22 to receive a progress report from officials from Republic and state experts. Koster was on-hand to observe the completion of the work on the first RCP and to receive a status briefing from engineers. He has remained in regular contact with Republic and state engineers to ensure the terms of the agreement are being met.
The state's lawsuit against landfill operators remains pending as the agreed-upon remediation and monitoring announced by Koster on May 14 moves ahead.