Sometimes it is essential to move a landfill. But at other times – like in the case that exists in the St. Louis region – it makes a lot more sense to leave well alone and have the landfill monitored efficiently.
This is exactly what the situation is with the West Lake Landfill. In this case, moving it would be very problematic. Thankfully though, West Lake is a prime example of where monitoring over the years has been successful. And, with the work of the dedicated EPA, this is happening.
In fact, the West Lake Landfill is one of America’s “most monitored sites of its type…with $200 million invested to help solve complex problems,” which currently exist there or with the Bridgeton Landfill that sits adjacent to it.
When there is no risk to public health – as has been deemed by both state and federal agencies in the West Lake Landfill situation – leaving alone is the best solution.