January 17, 2014
Jefferson City, Mo. –Attorney General Chris Koster today announced that St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Michael Jamison has accepted an agreement between the Attorney General's Office and Republic Services requiring Republic to provide comprehensive carbon monoxide data for all active gas extraction wells located in the north quarry, including the "neck" area of the Bridgeton Landfill. Analysts can use the carbon-monoxide data to better understand the location and movement of the smoldering event at the site.
Under the Stipulation and Order entered today, Republic will provide the first submission of data on or before February 20, 2014, and again in sixty day intervals until June 20.
Judge Jamison additionally set June 19 and 20, 2014, for a full hearing on continued regular carbon monoxide testing, as well as any other issues related to the state’s ongoing lawsuit against the company.
"Today's order means that the public and local first responders will have CO data for the entire landfill within 35 days," said Koster. "Access to this data is critical to get the most accurate picture of the underground fire."
However, Koster stressed that this is an interim agreement and that submission of CO data beyond June 20, 2014 will be determined by the June hearing and on-going negotiations with Republic.