January 9, 2014
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today asked the Circuit Court of St. Louis County to order Republic Services to provide additional monitoring data related to the subsurface smoldering event at the Bridgeton Landfill.
According to Koster, the state of Missouri has asked Republic Services to supply data and maps showing the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO) at various points distributed across the landfill. Analysts can use the carbon-monoxide data to better understand the location and movement of the smoldering event at the site. While Republic had previously provided CO readings and maps for the south-quarry portion of the landfill, it has not supplied comprehensive data pertaining to the north quarry, which is adjacent to the West Lake Landfill where radioactive material has been located.
"Access to carbon monoxide data for the entire Bridgeton Landfill, including the north quarry, is critical to get a more accurate picture of the underground fire," said Koster. "Regulators pushing for installation of protective measures and local firefighters developing contingency plans can better protect the public if they understand the fire’s location."