(KMOV.com) -- Residents living near the West Lake Landfill will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss their fears concerning the radioactive waste in the northern end of the quarry.
Residents said they fear flames are getting closer to the radioactive waste and now they are calling for action.
A little more than four football field’s worth of space separates the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill and the radioactive waste dumped at the West Lake Landfill.
Residents said the shrinking space is putting them at further risk.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting addressing the concerns about the landfill. At the meeting, the EPA insisted the radioactive material is contained and safe.
Over the last several months the EPA has tested the water and flown planes over the site attempting to detect radioactive substances.
However, local groups have called for an emergency removal of the radioactive material that’s been at the site for decades. The EPA said the removal is not necessary.
The press conference will take place at 1 p.m. at Spanish Village Park in Bridgeton