“The installation and operation of these air monitors is an important step in evaluating the air quality in the community,” EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague said. “These monitors are the latest in a series of steps taken by the Bridgeton Landfill under EPA and [the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)] oversight to help ensure air quality around the landfill is protective of public health.”
The monitors are part of an SO2 monitoring work plan approved by the EPA this June. The monitors will be strategically positioned to accurately collect information about air emissions under a variety of conditions and wind directions. The first will be near the water tower in Spanish Village while the second will be north of the landfill near St. Charles Rock Road. Additionally, the MDNR is already operating a monitor near Rider Trail.
The monitors are already operational and generating emissions data at one-hour increments, which they will continue doing for at least one year as per Bridgeton Landfill’s agreement with the EPA. The results are available to the public and can be found through the MDNR’s website.