Testing work to start on Bridgeton Landfill trench

Testing work to start on Bridgeton Landfill trench

Testing work to start on Bridgeton Landfill trench

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

ST. LOUIS -- Initial testing work is about to start on a trench to help keep an underground fire at a suburban St. Louis landfill from reaching World War II-era nuclear waste buried 1,200 feet away.

Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks told The Associated Press Tuesday that initial survey work for the fire break at the Bridgeton Landfill will begin next week. Actual construction of the trench will start early next year and take several months.

The testing work was delayed more than two weeks by the federal government shutdown.

 

Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services Inc. is paying to build the dirt-filled trench aimed at keeping the smoldering away from the adjacent West Lake Landfill. EPA is supervising the work—West Lake was designated a Superfund site in 1990.

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