Monday, April 15, 2013

Company: Foul odor from Bridgeton Landfill to worsen before getting better

The foul odor coming from a landfill in Bridgeton will get worse before getting better, according to a release from the landfill's owners on Friday. The next phase of improvement involves reinforcing concrete pipe, and is aimed at reducing the overwhelming smell in the area. Construction on this phase will begin Monday and last until April 30, weather permitting. The work will "significantly increase the odor for employees, local businesses and residents," according to the release. In March, Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster announced he would sue Republic Services, the owner of the Bridgeton Landfill , after he said the company violated the state’s environmental protection laws. Matt LaVanchy, assistant fire chief in Pattonville, said he requested the work because it will cut down on hazards involving the landfill, and eventually reduce the odor from the landfill. "This action takes care of two major problems – first, it eliminates a safety hazard that could cause future accidents, and second, and most important to the residents, the removal of the RCPs creates a smooth subgrade to ensure the plastic cap doesn’t tear," said LaVanchy. "This work is absolutely required for the landfill to finish its efforts to dramatically reduce the odors.” Company officials say contractors will conduct air sampling during the upcoming construction phase.

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