Koster joins call for EPA landfill testing

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 6:25 a.m. CDT; updated 9:40 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 16, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's attorney general has joined the call for federal regulators to proceed with required testing at a north St. Louis County landfill that's been halted by the government shutdown.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay testing at the smoldering Bridgeton landfill fire until federal funding for the work is enacted. The work was set to start last week.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office released a letter Tuesday asking the EPA to reconsider its decision. Missouri House member Bill Otto, a Democrat from St. Charles, has made a similar request.

Koster said the work could be held up for months if not undertaken before the weather turns cold. The landfill's owner wants to dig a trench to keep the underground fire from crossing into a radioactive waste site.

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