Koster, Bridgeton Landfill owner reach agreement

ST. LOUIS (AP) - 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.

A spokesperson for Bridgeton Landfill released the following statement:

"We are pleased by the Court's recognition that many issues at Bridgeton Landfill have been resolved. It reflects the hard work, expertise, and resources we have invested in solving a situation which we did not create.

"Specifically, the Amendment affirms the substantial site improvements made in the past year, to include timely completion of multiple plans and various testing and reporting requirements, as well as considerable achievements to ensure ongoing odor controls. It recognizes more than $1 million in reimbursements to the State in the past year, and a commitment to reimburse a total of nearly $1.5 million through September of this year. It also establishes an updated monitoring plan and additional odor control measures developed in coordination with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

"Ultimately, it is our hope that this Amendment will begin to bring some peace of mind to the surrounding community that odors have been vastly reduced. We remain committed to our community, and we will continue to do everything within our power to be a good and responsible neighbor."

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.

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