Underground fire could reach nuclear waste at Bridgeton Landfill, Missouri

There is currently an inextinguishable underground fire at Bridgeton Landfill that has been burning for five years.

And now the flames could reach the nuclear waste and send radioactive smoke over communities near the main St. Louis airport with little or no warning.

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Survey at the West Lake Landfill, an EPA Superfund site in Bridgeton.


The underground fire and the nuclear waste are only 1,200 feet apart in an area north of St. Louis and may be growing closer.

A disaster plan has already been developed for use if St. Louis landfill fire reaches buried nuclear waste.

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Schematic view of the West Lake Landfill on which dangerous waste was dumped during the Manhattan Project. (EPA)

The landfill’s operator, Republic Services, argues that structures that grab gasses from below the surface exist to separate the waste from the blaze. And that the landfill is safe and intensively monitored.

According to the Missouri Times, pollutants and radiation are already spreading from the site.

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Drilling and core sampling at the West Lake Landfill in January 2014, to determine an isolation barrier to the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill. (U.S. EPA photo)

As described by Newser: […] the emergency plan notes that flames could reach the nuclear waste and send radioactive smoke over communities near the main St. Louis airport “with little or no warning.” […]

During the Cold War, the United States Military sprayed toxic chemicals on unsuspecting Americans in Corpus Christi, TX and St Louis Missouri.

Underground fires aren’t so rare in the USA… But near nuclear waste that’s a bigger problem…

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