(KMOV.com) - Residents who live near the Bridgeton Landfill will receive millions of dollars after they reached a settlement with the landfill's owner, Republic Services.
Republic Services has agreed to pay residents of more than 400 homes near the landfill $6.8 million for "any loss of use of enjoyment of their property as a result of odors emanating from the landfill." The company also acknowledges that the odors have been "a source of considerable public concern and frustration."
The settlement comes one year after the lawsuit was filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who contends the company violated state environmental laws by not properly taking steps to put out an underground fire at the landfill.
Many residents have said the fire and the odor given off by it have caused many to suffer health problems.