State: Plan for dealing with fire at Bridgeton Landfill problematic

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 6:20 PM

(KMOV.com) -- The state of Missouri says there are problems with the plan for dealing with the underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill and what to do if it spreads.

The Department of Natural Resources says there are significant deficiencies to the 425-page contingency plan submitted by the landfill owner, Republic Services.

The DNR says 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. “This has to be done correctly otherwise this whole area endures the same thing they’ve been dealing with the past three years”

Republic Services issued a statement saying they’ll work with the state to meet their requirements and reduce the impact of the underground smoldering event.

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