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Health survey begins near Bridgeton Landfill

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The St. Louis County Public Health Department has begun six days of health surveys to assess respiratory health problems among residents living within two miles of the Bridgeton Landfill.

Maryland Heights resident Abby Elllis is one of about 250 residents randomly selected to participate.

"Went over the survey, it was about 25 questions long," she told News 4.

The survey is in response to concerns about possible health related issues from the foul odors given off by the underground fire that's been burning at the Bridgeton Landfill since 2010.

Rick Schroeder has lived in the same neighborhood in Maryland Heights for 45 years and seen many neighbors battle serious health issues. 

"It kind of makes you wonder what the hell is going on," he said.

The EPA has pointed out that air monitors around the landfill show the gases given off are below the level considered unsafe.

The health department is also conducting health surveys in other parts of St. Louis County and will compare the findings to see if there are elevated rates of respiratory health issues near the landfill.

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