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Attorney General's News Release

February 17, 2014

Koster receives briefings on yesterday's Bridgeton Landfill fire

Bridgeton, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster today met with engineers from Republic Services to obtain more information about yesterday's surface fire in the southern border of the Bridgeton Landfill. Following that two-hour meeting, Koster met with Chief Terry Loehrer and Assistant Chief Matt LeVanchy of the Pattonville Fire Protection District regarding the incident.

At the briefing with Republic, Brian Power, Republic's Environmental Manager, discussed the causes of yesterday's fire and the actions Republic took to extinguish it. Koster and Power also discussed the engineering challenges of constructing an isolation barrier between the Bridgeton Landfill and the Westlake Landfill. After the briefing, Koster toured various sites on and around the landfill.

"We maintain a close watch on the situation at the Bridgeton Landfill, and will continue to press both Republic and the Environmental Protection Agency for the most aggressive schedule possible for construction of the barrier wall," Koster said. "We encourage everyone involved to maintain open communications so that first responders have all necessary information."

Koster said that the fire district plans to meet with Republic to discuss ways to improve the incident-management plan for the Bridgeton Landfill.

NOTE: Attached is a photo of AG Koster receiving briefing from Pattonville Fire Protection District Chief Terry Loehrer and Assistant Chief Matt LeVanchy.

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