Some Bridgeton residents wary of landfill settlement

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KSDK) – The residents of three mobile home communities near the Bridgeton Landfill met Saturday to discuss a multi-million dollar settlement.

Last month, the landfill's owners agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for nearly $7 million. It was filed after nearby residents said the odor coming from the landfill was hurting their quality of life and property values.

Homeowners will get several thousand dollars depending on where they live and how long they've lived there. Many who met on Saturday, however, were still reluctant to sign off on the settlement.

"We're trying to find out what our legal options are, now that we can do because we live this every day, day in and day out," Tonya Mason said. "The smell doesn't go away. It's here. It's here. And that is what our settlement is over. It's not about the nuclear waste or any of that. Our lawsuit was about the nuisance and it's still here, it's not been taken care of."

The settlement still needs to be approved by a judge.

That's expected to happen in August.


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