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Confused about Bridgeton, West Lake landfills? File photo Sarah Skiold-Hanlin St. Louis Public Radio Updated at 5 p. We'll continue to add to it based on your input and as new information becomes available. In Marchwe first published this story to help answer some key questions about the situation at this complex of landfills in north St.
A lot has happened since then — but in many ways, not much has changed. The underground fire that has been smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill since at least December is still there.
One suggested the subsurface heating reaction — which people refer to as a fire — was moving north, toward the radioactive waste. Another said radiation had been detected in trees on private property outside the landfills' boundaries. Then, in early October, St.
Louis County made public an emergency response plan describing how it would respond if an underground fire at Bridgeton were to reach radioactive waste at West Lake. School districts around the landfills followed up with letters to parents and staff in an effort to reassure them.
But instead of providing reassurance, the newly available information has caused awareness of the landfills to spike, and along with it, misinformation, fear and confusion.
Below you'll find some background information about the situation in Bridgeton and answers to critical questions about what is happening there now. The Bridgeton and West Lake landfills are really part of the same complex of landfills, located in Bridgeton a couple of miles west and slightly north of the St.
The map to the right shows the two landfills and some of their key features. Since this map was created, EPA contractors have detected more radioactive waste than what is shown in pink, including some along the southern edge of OU-1 in what is called the "muffin top" of the north quarry of the Bridgeton Landfill.
Credit Debbie Kring U. Who owns and oversees the West Lake and Bridgeton landfills? The landfill contains World War II-era uranium processing residues, illegally dumped there by a local contractor for the Cotter Corp.
The power company Exelon Corp. When it sold the company, Exelon agreed to retain certain financial obligations relating to environmental claims arising from past Cotter actions, including those at West Lake.
How and when did the fire start at the Bridgeton Landfill? The facility began testing the landfill gas and found high levels of hydrogen and carbon monoxide and low levels of methane. Rather, it is a self-sustaining, high-temperature reaction that consumes waste underground, producing rapid "settlement" of the landfill's surface.
According to one of the state's landfill fire consultants, Todd Thalhammer, a subsurface fire can be confirmed by: According to Republic Services, the rate of settlement associated with the hottest part of the reaction is feet per month.
The Wilfong Family lives in Bridgeton, within smelling distance of the landfill. They're concerned about the landfill's effects on their health.
Three of the Wilfong children have asthma.
Louis Public Radio It is impossible to know how the subsurface fire at Bridgeton started, but the most common cause of such fires is that too much gas is drawn out of the landfill through a gas collection system.
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