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Bridgeton landfill: Environmentalists urge against settlement

11:37 AM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
The royal blue circle represents a 1-mile radius around the landfill. The dark blue circle represents a 3-mile radius. The yellow pins represent reports of odors from residents. (Source: Missouri Coalition for the Environment)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An environmental group is urging Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to get more input from Bridgeton area residents before seeking to settle his lawsuit against operators of a landfill in the St. Louis County town.

Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill has caused a foul odor for the past several months, a smell so strong it has raised health concerns at homes, businesses, schools and hospitals within miles of the landfill.

Environmentalists also worry about nuclear waste buried nearby, though regulators say there is little chance the smoldering could reach the nuclear waste.

In March, Koster announced a lawsuit against Republic Services of Phoenix, the landfill operator. It wasn't clear if a settlement is imminent. A spokeswoman for Koster did not respond to interview requests on Monday.

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