St. Louis Area Radioactive Waste Site Fire Threatens Millions

A slow moving underground fire at a Radioactive Waste site near St. Louis Missouri could soon cause millions of people to have to evacuate.

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Local St. Louis area residents are demanding to know what the government is doing about an underground fire at the Bridgeton, Missouri Landfill that could soon reach 1940’s atomic bomb production waste that is being stored in the landfill.

An underground fire that has been smoldering for the last five years is now only 1,000 feet from the radioactive waste that was buried on the site illegally in 1973. The landfill. which is owned and operated by Republic Services Inc., contains two highly-radioactive operable units (OU-1 and OU-2), both of which contain radioactive material. Soil samples from the dump have shown the presence of barium sulfate cake, Uranium and Thorium.

Last month, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster released a report saying the fire could reach the radioactive waste within three to six months. If that happens, radioactive fumes and particulate matter could be spread throughout the region. Koster’s report contradicts landfill owner Republic Services’ assurances that the fire is under control. Koster is suing Republic Services for  the still-burning fire that he says is already poisoning local residents.

“Republic Services does not have this site under control,” Koster said. “Not only does the landfill emit a foul odor, it appears that it has poisoned its neighbors’ groundwater and vegetation.”

According to government documents, documents that were not made publicly available until last month, a plan was quietly put in place that includes large-scale evacuations and shelters to protect residents from the radioactive waste. The documents warn that the disaster could “occur with little or no warning.”


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  1. why cannot the radioactive waste be removed? it was put in there therefore it should be possible to remove it. immediately.

  2. I’m sure if this shit was buried here illegally, it probably was not done properly and digging it up will be just as bad as the fire getting to it. This could get real bad for people down wind from this site. I witnessed an underground fire at an asphalt dump back in the 80’s and they could not do anything with it. It burned for about 5 years, slowing moving through all of the shingles and asphalt. At times, huge crevices would open up and you could see the fire glowing and burning down below. I would think they could dig a deep trench around the nuclear waste areas and fill it full of concrete to bock the fire, but who knows how deep this stuff is or what is actually burning.

  3. Maybe the epa should have spent some of that 8 million on a fire hose and some foam instead of all that military crap…just saying.

  4. I gave a presentation about this very landfill 2 years ago; a way to measure the volatile organics coming off of it to insure the health of residents in the surrounding area. This has been a persistent problem for years, and I’m actually somewhat surprised that is hasn’t been getting adequate press until now.

  5. Not only is the EPA not doing anything about this, but they also just had a “accident” where they “didn’t follow proper procedure” on a gold mine in Colorado. In-turn spoiling the river that was closest to the mine. Why are we even paying for the EPA if they can’t do there job right?

  6. My home town is 15 minutes from here. thank you off grid for the information i was not aware of this my SSCORE team will be running drills now

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