"How dangerous is the radioactive West Lake Landfill?
To environmental activists and some nearby residents, it’s a disaster waiting to happen, now more than ever because of the underground fire in the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.
Ask executives at Republic Services, the waste management giant that owns the landfill, and they’ll tell you the waste is contained, the fire is under control and even if it did move into West Lake, it wouldn’t spew radioactive material offsite.
Government regulators haven’t clarified the situation much.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees West Lake, admits it has to get better information about the radioactive waste to fully understand the risks."