Bridgeton Health Consultation: Public Meeting Cancelled and Will Be Rescheduled

The Bridgeton Health Consultation: Public Meeting scheduled for today, November 15 is cancelled due to inclement weather. In the near future, a new date, time and location will be determined and announced. Because of the postponement of the public meeting, the public comment period will remain open through Dec. 31, 2018.

See the news release.

The Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill is a solid waste landfill located within the boundaries of West Lake Landfill in the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. From November 1985 to December 2004, municipal wastes were accepted under permit at Bridgeton Landfill, a 52- acre site that was originally a limestone quarry. Since 2010, a subsurface smoldering event (SSE) has been occurring at the landfill.

Release of Health Consultation for Public Comment

Under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has written a public health consultation to evaluate the public health impacts of breathing gas and odor emissions from the landfill, which increased following the onset of the SSE. DHSS is currently accepting comments on the content of the public health consultation (see below). The final version of the health consultation will include responses to public comments.

In the Bridgeton Landfill Health Consultation, DHSS did not address health concerns associated with radiological contaminants at West Lake Landfill. A separate public health consultation on radiation in groundwater and air was written by ATSDR in 2015.

Submit Comments

From Sept. 21, 2018 through Nov. 20, 2018, submit written comments online or by postal mail.

Lorena Locke
Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology
Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Mailed comments must be postmarked by Nov. 20, 2018.

Updates and Reports

2018 Updates

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Department of Health and Senior Services Reports

West Lake Landfill Final Vicinity Report - Radiological Air Sampling - November 2015

Department of Health and Senior Services and Department of Natural Resources collected radiological data from locations in the vicinity of the Westlake Landfill to confirm current conditions. A similar process was completed in 2013. More information can be found at This final report details sample locations and methods, summarizes ambient gamma readings, and discusses laboratory analysis and statistical comparison of air samples collected around the landfill site.

Follow-Up Review of Department of Natural Resources Air Data