The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 7 has issued an Administrative Protection Agreement to Republic Services, which states deadlines for Bridgeton Landfill’s heat extraction system, air monitors and temperature probes.
The EPA has been working with Republic Services to create a firebreak at the landfill, and recently the EPA rolled out a map that revealed radioactive contamination near the landfill. This map will be used as a guide to help the agency decide where to build the barrier.
The issued agreement will act as a legal document between the agency and Republic to enforce the deadlines if they aren’t met.
St. Louis Public Radio has the details:
The owner of the Bridgeton Landfill is now on a deadline to install several components of a system that will separate radioactive waste from an underground smoldering fire.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 issued an Administrative Settlement Agreement Thursday that names deadlines for a heat extraction system, air monitors and temperature probes.
The EPA said last December it would move ahead with building the long-delayed firebreak to keep the smoldering at Bridgeton Landfill from reaching radioactive waste leftover from the Manhattan Project in the adjacent West Lake Landfill. Last month, the agency released a map showing radioactive contamination was found just a few hundred feet away from Bridgeton, data which the EPA said would help it determine where to build the barrier.