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The legal team working with environmental activist Erin Brockovich vowed quick action on behalf of north St. Louis County residents concerned about exposure to gases being emitted from a subsurface fire at the Bridgeton Landfill and the proximity to tons of radioactive waste.
A foul stench and concerns about safety near the Bridgeton landfill have garnered national attention, including a visit from a lawyer and environmental investigator with the Erin Brockovich group. They answered questions on Saturday concerning the impact of the Bridgeton landfill on the area.
Residents, property owners, business owners and any other concerned community members can attend the meeting at the International Union of Operating Engineers Saturday from 11-12:30 p.m.
According to Brockovich's website, those attending the meeting would receive “straightforward answers.”
A Missouri state representative will hold an informational meeting for the public concerning the Bridgeton landfill Monday. This meeting comes on the heels of a visit from environmentalists with Erin Brockovich Saturday.
St. Charles state representative Bill Otto will host the meeting Monday night.
He will discuss the fire burning underground, radioactive waste and the lawsuit filed by Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster.
Saturday, high profile attorney, Tom Girardi with Erin Brockovich, conducted the meeting addressing environment concerns with Bridgeton residents.
North St. Louis County residents worried about nuclear waste in a Bridgeton landfill want action from the EPA. Residents met Saturday with a Los Angeles attorney who works with environmental activist Erin Brockovich to talk about options.
Many say it is time for the EPA to turn the property over to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove the contaminants to a secure site in an unpopulated area. Fill used in the West Lake Landfill on St. Charles Rock Road contains some nuclear material. Similar material stored near the airport contaminated Coldwater Creek.
Concerned residents living near the West Lake landfill in Bridgeton got a visit Saturday from the legal team of famed environmentalist Erin Brockovich.
The super-fund site is home to decades-old nuclear waste left over from the Manhattan Project. However, just last month, the Environmental Protection Agency released a report saying radiation levels at the landfill are not an immediate threat to the public.
But not everyone agrees.
People living nearby lobbied for Brockovich to bring more attention to the issue. She sent Tom Girardi. He's an attorney who handles toxic cases all over the country.
He will be representing about 100 concerned Bridgeton residents and working with the lawyers representing others.
On Monday night, Representative Bill Otto held a meeting at Pattonville High School to share these concerns with the public.
The EPA has been using this decades-old document to show that the landfill doesn’t pose an immediate threat. However, there is a fire burning at the adjacent Bridgeton landfill that’s only 1,000 feet from this dangerous waste. And with the errors just discovered, Otto and others say it’s a scary situation.
“It’s a lot worse than I think they’re saying,” explains Otto.
First, a decimal point mistake means there is actually 100 times more uranium in the landfill than originally calculated. Additionally, a Washington University scientist found that the landfill could contain a particular type of radioactive waste, not originally documented, that has the capacity to contaminate groundwater.
Lastly, the clean soil used to dilute the toxic waste was taken from the nearby Latty Avenue nuclear site, meaning that soil is probably far from being clean.
Next Tuesday at 6:30pm, the EPA will hold a public meeting, also at Pattonville High School, to discuss the nuclear waste issue.
The hearing was held through a web conference. About 200 people packed into the cafeteria of Pattonville High School, watching a projector and submitting questions through a moderator.
On the other end were representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, an engineer, and a firefighter specializing in landfill fires. Many people walked out before it was over.
“What they’re here to do is get some answers and they didn’t get any. That’s why they’re leaving,” another man said. “They never actually talked to the public. They talk at the public.”
The conference was arranged by local Missouri Rep. Bill Otto in an effort to allow citizens to ask questions about the landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency will host a meeting in Bridgeton next week to discuss the results of a radiological survey at the landfill.
Todd Thalhamer, an engineer who has worked with the state for more than a year to evaluate the scope of the fire, estimates the smoldering mass of waste hasn’t advanced beyond two lines of gas wells constructed by the landfill’s owner, Republic Services Inc., this year to stop the fire’s advance.
“The gas interceptor well system appears to be holding,” Thalhamer told a crowd of about 250 people crammed into Pattonville High School cafeteria for an update on the landfill fire.
At the same time, Thalhamer cautioned that there’s not enough data to provide assurances that the system will continue to hold. He also recommended construction of a vertical barrier between the northern and southern halves of the landfill to keep the smoldering from moving further north.
Otto, however, joined the chorus of local residents and environmental activists who are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to remove radioactive material at West Lake.He said inconsistencies in federal documents going back to the mid-1970s — and in one case a misplaced decimal point — raise questions about what’s actually buried at West Lake.
The EPA will hold a public meeting on June 25 to discuss results of an aerial radiological survey of the site and surrounding area conducted earlier this year.
In an expression of concern for their neighbors and for the land, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary visited the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill and the adjoining West Lake Landfill to call attention to the issues and to pray for healing for the area and its inhabitants.
The president of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, Sr. Rose Mary Dowling, said, "We are here because we care about the earth and about our neighbors, who depend on having a healthy environment to raise their children. We join them in voicing concern about the risk posed by these landfills in our community."