Residents near Bridgeton landfills want answers after new safety concerns arise


by Staff

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 10:45 PM

(KMOV) – Some residents living near two Bridgeton landfills expressed growing alarm on Friday, after a new Washington University study indicated that health risks from the landfills are worse than the public was told.

Residents told News 4 it was bad enough dealing with the stench coming from the Bridgeton site, which some compared to a dead body.

With potential heath and environmental disasters looming over their families and homes, many said they want the situation taken care of now.

Debbie Pickel has lived across the street from the Bridgeton landfill for 13 years. She says the smell coming from the site is enough to make you sick.

“It’s gotten worse in the last three months,” said Pickel, “like the size of that bush of rotten eggs that have been rotten for 30 days.”

And now that independent experts are warning the landfill may release lethal material into their air and water , the concern is far greater than the smell.

“I hope the governments, the EPA, can come in the take care of all this,” Pickel said.

Some residents say they are joining a class-action lawsuit against the company, Republic Services, that owns the neighboring landfills.

George Porter, who lives next to the landfill, is one of them. He said it would take a complete overhaul of the system for him to feel satisfied.

“They need to fix this and shut that place down,” Porter said.