West Lake / Bridgeton Landfills
Ever since our community became aware of the shocking events at the Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills, I have dedicated myself to finding solutions to this public safety crisis. It started when neighbors reporting intensely strong odors from the Bridgeton Landfill. I then became aware that the adjacent West Lake Landfill is housing massive amounts of illegally dumped nuclear weapons waste from the Manhattan Project.
West Lake Landfill is not designed to safely house nuclear waste. It is unlined, in a floodplain, and close to heavily populated areas. And to make matters worse, there is currently a huge subsurface smoldering fire in the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill that is moving towards the nuclear waste in the West Lake Landfill. Experts are unsure what exactly would happen if the fire reaches the nuclear waste, but many predict a catastrophic event.
We need a safe and permanent solution to this serious issue. The EPA has failed us and it’s time for FUSRAP to take over. Additionally, homeowners and business owners have been betrayed by the landfill owners – Republic Services. I will continue to work tirelessly to hold them accountable.
St. Louis Public Radio has done some great work explaining the background and the situation at these two landfills and you can find their reporting here.