Lawmaker asks EPA to begin landfill fire clean-up

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 7:43 a.m. CDT; updated 9:19 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 10, 2013

BRIDGETON — A Democratic state lawmaker from St. Charles wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to proceed with required testing at a north St. Louis County landfill despite the federal shutdown.

Rep. Bill Otto is asking the EPA to reverse its ruling that the Bridgeton landfill fire is not an imminent public threat. The agency said Monday that environmental testing there will be delayed until federal funding for the work is enacted. The work was set to start on Thursday.

The testing is required before the landfill's owner can dig a trench to keep the underground fire from crossing into a federal Superfund site where radioactive waste is located.

Otto says he's also asked state officials to appeal the EPA decision.

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