April 24, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today that he has requested and obtained court dates in his lawsuit against Republic Services, Inc., owner of the Bridgeton Landfill. On May 14 and 15, the Circuit Court of St. Louis County will hear evidence regarding Koster's request for a preliminary injunction against the company.
Koster filed suit against Republic on March 27, alleging that the company has violated a number of Missouri's environmental laws in its operation of the landfill. Immediately after filing the suit, the Attorney General's Office began negotiations with Republic with the goal of coming to agreement on issues outlined in the lawsuit. Koster said that while he is optimistic that the parties can reach agreement on a number of important matters, he requested the preliminary injunction hearing to ensure that progress is made on remaining issues upon which the parties cannot agree.
"My office is moving swiftly to ensure that Republic fulfills its promise to fix the problems plaguing the residents, schools, businesses, senior care facilities and a local hospital near the Bridgeton Landfill," Koster said. "Our lawsuit highlights a number of issues that need Republic's attention. If those issues cannot all be appropriately resolved by negotiation, we will go into court three weeks from today to seek the best protections for those who are being harmed by this situation."
In addition to addressing the odor problems and correcting the environmental violations, Koster's lawsuit seeks to provide remedies to help local residents and businesses deal with the ongoing effects of the burning waste.