U.S. Senate votes to transfer West Lake Landfill clean-up to Army Corp of Engineers

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BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – Residents who live near West Lake Landfill are celebrating a huge decision by the U.S. Senate.

Tuesday the senate transferred authority of West Lake from the EPA to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its cleanup program.

Families living near the landfill have long expressed frustration over the delay to clean up the site.

One Bridgeton mother says she will sleep easier tonight.

Dawn Chapman/Bridgeton mom: “It's been a lot of tears, a lot of cheers and but at the same time I have to wake up in the morning and hit the ground running.  We are going to Washington next week and we have to figure out what we are going to do with this fire.   It's going to burn for another 10 years we have to keep the 2 from meeting and we have to make sure this legislation is locked down”.

The troubles date back to the Manhattan Project when nuclear waste from that program was dumped into the landfill in 1973.

Corresponding must be introduced and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and then sent to a conference committee to reconcile both bills.  After both chambers must pass a true bill, the legislation can be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.