State says odor no threat from Bridgeton landfill

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — State tests show that the odor from the Bridgeton Landfill outside St. Louis is not a health threat.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/WDIQq1 ) that the Department of Natural Resources on Friday released a summary of recent air sampling results from the landfill. The samples showed “concentrations did not exceed a level of concern for public health.” One sample collected near the landfill boundary, however, had a benzene concentration above the level considered safe.

An area deep within the inactive landfill has been smoldering for more than two years, emitting a foul odor that has generated several complaints.

Landfill operator, Phoenix-based Republic Services Inc., says it’s spending millions of dollars to address the problem.

An environmental group says more testing is needed.

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