Work on barrier at Bridgeton landfill delayed, and lawmakers are seeking answers

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BRIDGETON, Missouri — Construction of a barrier aimed at preventing underground smoldering from reaching buried nuclear waste at a suburban St. Louis landfill has been delayed, and lawmakers want to know why.

Cold War-era nuclear waste is buried at West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, which sits next to Bridgeton Landfill, where underground smoldering is occurring. The owner of the site, Republic Services, is paying for construction of a barrier to make sure the smoldering and the nuclear waste don't meet.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that a recent letter of concern to the Environmental Protection Agency was signed by both U.S. senators from Missouri, along with U.S. Reps. William Lacy Clay and Ann Wagner.

Republic Services says it is committed to fast construction once regulatory agencies agree on a plan.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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