ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Residents of more than 400 homes in the vicinity of the Bridgeton Landfill will receive a settlement of more than $6.8 million for the loss of enjoyment of their homes due to a smell, according to a press release.
Republic Services agreed to pay the homes in a settlement of a 2013 lawsuit filed, and the court did a preliminary approval of it.
There has been rising tension for residents and legislators putting on the pressure to change the status of the landfill, which has a underground smoldering event and approaching radioactive waste in the nearby West Lake Landfill.
Early last year, work at the landfill made odors worst for residents living in its vicinity.
Attorneys will receive a quarter of the settlement, and the residents will share the rest.
Those who live in the Terrisan Reste mobile home community will gross $20,500, people in Spanish village will gross $35,000 and $5,270 for people in the Carrolton Village condominiums.
The amounts differ based on property values and number of years lived in a home.
Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created an inter-agency agreement to help in the construction of the isolation barrier being placed at the West Lake Landfill. Under the agreement, the EPA will take lead in overseeing the construction with assistance from the Army Corps.
The full agreement can be seen on the EPA's website.
The settlement must undergo final approval of the court, which is scheduled for Aug. 1.