Fire burning next to buried nuclear waste near St. Louis — Officials: Measurements of radioactivity ‘have not reached levels of concern’ (VIDEO)

Published: May 8th, 2013 at 1:54 am ET
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KMOV, May 7, 2013: Residents living near the Bridgeton landfill are being given a choice to relocate to nearby hotels while work is done at the landfill to attempt to reduce the odor. [...] To fight the odor that will come from the project, workers at the landfill are looking at installing misting systems to deodorize during work. [...]

St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 8, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): The most recent air quality data from the state Department of Natural Resources showed a potential short-term health risk from high levels of hydrogen sulfide [...] Measurements of radioactivity and carbon monoxide have not reached levels of concern, according to the agency. [...] High temperatures have been recorded in the southern section, 1,200 feet from [...] West Lake [landfill], which contains nuclear waste from atomic bomb production. State officials have said the possibility of a fire reaching the radioactive materials is remote. [...]

WSJ, April 17, 2013: In Bridgeton, Mo., an ongoing fire at Republic’s landfill has caused an explosion and months of noxious fumes. The fire is burning next to buried radioactive nuclear waste. The Missouri Attorney General has announced a lawsuit against Republic to force it to correct its environmental violations [...]

Nurse at the Physicians Surgery Center at DePaul Health Center: “Is it just smelly trash, or is it really a dangerous chemical? I just want to know what’s in the air.”

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