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By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KSDK) - There is concern in Bridgeton about relocating residents who live near a smelly landfill that may soon be even smellier.

Republic Services, the owner of Bridgeton Landfill, isoffering to temporarily relocate residents in 12 days, butschools don't want to go for it.

Classes end May 23 and high school graduation is May 30 for students living in the Pattonville School District.

Educators say if students are relocated to various hotels, motels, or the homes of friends and relatives, transportation could become a problem.

Republic Services is offering to pay for residents to stay at local extended stay hotels while it works on reducing the foul odors from the landfill and putting out the small fires that are burning inside the landfill.

That's expected to take about at least a month.

Pattonville says it is working with Republic Services to delay the relocation until after school is out for the summer.

NewsChannel 5 called Republic, but they have not yet returned our call.

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