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Attorney General's News Release

October 15, 2013

Attorney General Koster calls upon the Environmental Protection Agency to resume work at Westlake Landfill -- Preliminary EPA testing necessary to start work on isolation barrier has been halted due to government shutdown --

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today sent a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the agency to reconsider its decision regarding Westlake Landfill. The agency previously deemed that the preliminary testing in preparation for construction of an isolation barrier at the Westlake Landfill is non-essential during the federal government shutdown.

Citing impending cold winter weather, Koster asks the EPA to deem the work essential and take immediate steps to complete preliminary testing so that Republic Services of Bridgeton can proceed with construction activity during more favorable weather conditions.

The isolation barrier is intended to guard against the possibility of the smoldering event at the Bridgeton Landfill reaching the radioactive material at Westlake. Koster says that the sooner work can begin on this essential safeguard, the better protected the public will be.

The full letter to Administrator McCarthy is available online.

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