Mo. AG presses EPA on West Lake Landfill timetable

BRIDGETON, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sent a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency asking for more expedient action on the West Lake Landfill isolation barrier.

In Koster's letter, he requests the EPA adopt a timetable in moving forward on an isolation barrier that would prevent a fire burning beneath the landfill to stop spreading toward radioactive waste.

According to the proposal, within 30 days the EPA would give a formal analysis of the isolation barrier alternatives to Republic Services, who owns the landfill, and the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Within 45 days, Republic must submit design specifications of the barrier and the Airport must accept or decline the proposal. From there, depending on approval, the EPA must approve the plan or Republic must modify the plan.

The letter comes as Koster pressed previously in March for further action on the landfill by the EPA.

The full letter can be read below.

Chris Koster EPA letter


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