Missouri resolves 2013 Bridgeton Landfill lawsuit over environmental violations

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has reached a settlement to resolve a 2013 Bridgeton Landfill lawsuit relating to violations of the state's environmental regulations and a subsurface fire at the landfill. 

According to the Attorney General's Office, the agreement was reached between the state and Bridgeton Landfill LLC, Allied Services, LLC and Republic Services Inc., and ends five years of litigation.

 “After years of hard-fought litigation, we have reached an agreement that holds Bridgeton accountable and recognizes the ongoing challenges faced by community,” Attorney General Josh Hawley said in a statement. “This agreement provides a path forward to ensure the site will remain controlled and stable, and that it will continue to be closely monitored and studied under the supervision of the state." 

According to the settlement, the landfill's maintenance and mitigation will continue with Republic Services securing a $26 million bond and agreeing to $61 million in additional funding to ensure its obligations will be met. 

In addition, Bridgeton will set up a $12.5 million fund to provide restitution to Bridgeton and area communities and will pay $3.5 million in damages and penalties. 

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