Report: Landfill fire moved beyond equipment meant to stop its advance toward nuclear waste… Essentially ‘fire line’ is breached — St. Louis Official: Something must be done, but there’s nothing we can do — Asst. Fire Chief: “Words can’t explain how important it is” to have a good plan (VIDEO)

Published: July 31st, 2013 at 2:17 pm ET
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CBS St. Louis, July 31, 2013: Bridgeton residents have been calling on state and federal agencies to put a stop to the underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill but St. Louis County officials said Tuesday there is nothing they can do to mitigate the situation. “This is a state and federal issue. Now, we support that something needs to be done but again, it’s in St. Louis County, but it’s an EPA issue and it’s a state issue,” [County Executive Charlie Dooley] says. [...] EPA officials claimed there was “adequate time” before the fire reached nuclear waste at the nearby West Lake Landfill. [...]

KMOV, July 25, 2013: The state of Missouri says [...] there are significant deficiencies to the 425-page contingency plan submitted by the landfill owner, Republic Services. [...] the company set the trigger points, which would create an automatic response if the fire spread those points, too far out and the plan doesn’t give enough time to safely take additional steps. [...] Local authorities are studying the contingency plan carefully. “Words can’t explain how important it is,” said Matt Lavanchy with the Pattonville Fire Protection District. [...]

KTVI, July 25, 2013: [...] the plan as submitted could fail to stop the fire from moving from the south quarry, through a narrow stretch into the north quarry, thus possibly allowing it to reach the radioactive material. [...]

Missouri Coalition for the Environment: Republic Service’s Landfill Fire Mitigation System Fails [...] “The data show clearly that the subsurface landfill fire has moved beyond the equipment that was meant to stop its advance toward tons of radioactive wastes leftover from the purification of uranium for nuclear weapons,” said Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. “Essentially, the ‘fire line’ is breached.” [...] The EPA stated at January meeting on West Lake that the landfill fire was 1,200 feet from the radioactive wastes. Last week the Attorney General said the landfill fire was 1,000 feet from the radioactive wastes. [...]

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