BRIDGETON, Mo. – Hundreds of parents who live around two landfills in North County said they want the federal government to protect them.
They said they're breathing and drinking contaminated water that might have toxic chemicals and radioactive radons in it.
Missouri's Senators and Congressmen said the Environmental Protection Agency isn't doing a good enough job of protecting people who live in the area. They said they've been lobbying Department of energy to let the Army Corps of Engineers take over the landfills.
The EPA said it does continuous testing at the Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills. EPA scientists said there's very little chance toxic fumes could come from the landfills and impact the people who live around it. But the Missouri Attorney General said the underground fire burning at the Bridgeton Landfill is moving closer to the radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill and toxic fumes could rise from the landfills in a few months.
Republic Services owns the landfills. The company said it does regular testing at the sites and the sites are safe. State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said the sites are far from safe. She said the dangerous chemical are in the groundwater and are making their way into the drinking water. She wants the Governor to call a State of Emergency.
"When there is a state of emergency, there are federal assets that come. We need the CDC to be here and testing and we need and the people who have been affected by this to become whole," said Chappelle-Nadal.
The Govenor said he had no comment to Chappelle-Nadal's request. She also wants a congressional hearing into the EPA's handling of the landfills.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt said, that option isn't off the table. He said he's been fighting for action from federal agencies for the people in the area.
"We have these two problems that could create bigger problems. The EPA says its nothing to worry about but people are worried and the EPA needs a conclusion that they have a plan or turn it over to the Corps of Engineers, who I would have more confidence in," said Blunt.