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Claire McCaskill

Senate bill to shift oversight of nuclear waste in landfill

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that could transfer oversight of a St. Louis County landfill containing nuclear waste to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and away from the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The measure passed Tuesday still needs approval from the House, where two members from the St. Louis area, Republican Ann Wagner and Democrat William Lacy Clay, have introduced companion legislation.

Nuclear waste dating to the Manhattan Project was dumped at West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton in 1973. An underground fire has been smoldering about 1,200 feet away in the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill for about five years, raising concerns about what might...