Is the EPA under-estimating the depth of the problem at its West Lake Superfund Site?
In 1979-1980 Gary Schneider worked for Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), a nationwide trash company that hauled waste to the West Lake Landfill, which was then locally owned. Subsequently, however, BFI was bought out by Allied Waste, which then acquired West Lake, circa 1997. Ultimately, Allied Waste was purchased by Republic Services in 2008, and Republic became he owner of West Lake. Schneider describes the geography and working conditions of the quarry and landfill as it existed circa 1980, seven years after B&K Construction illegally dumped radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill.
Schneider, who hauled Bridgeton municipal refuse to West Lake Landfill for BFI, says the quarry pit was 75-feet deep when he drove down into it back 1980, seven years after B&K Construction illegally dumped tons of radioactive waste at the same site. Last week, the EPA recommended excavating and cleaning up the same site to a maximum of 16-feet.