BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is ordering the operator of a smoldering St. Louis County landfill to install three additional temperature monitors.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that DNR's Solid Waste Management Program director, Chris Nagel, wrote to Republic Services Inc. on Tuesday about concerns at Bridgeton Landfill.
The landfill is dealing with two issues: A severe smell caused by the underground smoldering that is affecting nearby residents; and concerns about the fire's proximity to buried nuclear waste in an adjacent landfill.
Nagel says recent data showed increased temperatures and carbon monoxide readings in the neck of the landfill. He says the monitors are needed to better track movement of the underground fire to see if it is moving in the direction of the buried nuclear material.