Koster reaches agreement with landfill owner

Jun 19, 2014

Credit Dan Verbeck / KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has reached agreement with the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill, measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that has troubled neighboring residents for months.

The agreement, signed Thursday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, includes new measures to monitor the migration of the subsurface smoldering, which is generating concerns because it is near where Cold War-era nuclear waste is buried.

Koster sued Republic Services, owner of the landfill, last year. The new agreement requires comprehensive carbon monoxide testing and additional measures to knock down an odor so bad that some residents say they are reluctant to leave their homes.

A Republic Services spokesman says the ultimate goal is to bring peace of mind to the surrounding community.