Hundreds of people are demanding the removal of nuclear waste stored at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton. The EPA was on hand at a public meeting last night to reassure residents that the radioactive materials in the landfill are safe, but those living in the area want more action. The EPA plans to continue monitoring groundwater on site, but residents say the waste needs to go.
A fire that's been burning deep in the nearby Bridgeton Landfill for the last two years is only adding to growing concern. The waste was illegally dumped at the landfill about 40 years ago. EPA officials say they will consider alternatives to managing the waste, including a possible excavation.