Owners of Bridgeton Landfill reach settlement with nearby homeowners

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BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – The owner of the Bridgeton Landfill announced Friday it has agreed to pay residents of 34 homes in the area of where the landfill sits for the loss of enjoyment and use of their properties.

The terms of the agreement were not released, but according to Republic Services, the company in charge of the landfill, they have invested more than $200 million in site improvements to manage the fire burning in the landfill.

Earlier this year, people within a two-mile radius of the landfill were part of a St. Louis County health survey to study asthma and other breathing issues. At this point, the county has not found any association with breathing disorders but it did find evidence of residents dealing with high stress levels living near the site.

In March, an EPA report showed radioactivity at the landfill is closer to the underground fire than first thought. However, tests showed the fire was still hundreds of feet away. Republic Services says it’s also working on reducing odors in the area.