ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - With the federal government shutdown ceasing work at West Lake Landfill, Missouri Attorney General has stepped in to help get things back on track.
The federal shutdown halted the preliminary testing and funding done by the Environmental Protection Agency at the landfill, and Tuesday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking for the agency to continue its work at the landfill.
"Timing is crucial," Koster writes. "Currently, weather conditions are ideal for work in the field, but in a few short weeks, cold winter weather may force outdoor work to be suspended until the spring."
Last month, officials announced a cap and isolation wallwould be installed between Bridgeton Landfill and West Lake Landfill, which harbors radioactive waste. Since late last year, the fire has smoldered beneath the surface of the Bridgeton Landfill, and the barrier would prevent it from reaching radioactive waste.
The preliminary testing by the EPA is the first step into the larger construction needing to be done at the landfill.