BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County landfill owner embroiled in a long-running legal battle with state and federal regulators says an underground fire doesn't pose an imminent threat to nearby radioactive waste.
Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services and the Missouri Attorney General's Office struck a deal in June intended to better control underground smoldering while reducing a strong odor that has seeped into nearby suburban neighborhoods.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Chris Koster filed a request in St. Louis County Circuit Court for a temporary restraining order to compel the company to install additional temperature monitoring equipment in response to what the state calls recent movement of the underground fire.
Republic Services responded Thursday with a statement calling the landfill "safe and stabilized." The two sides are scheduled to meet in court Friday.