Rams facility sits very close to potential environmental disaster

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The bad news is that there’s an underground landfill fire in St. Louis, and it’s currently 1,200 feet from a radioactive waste dump. The worse news is that Rams Park sits close to the potential intersection of burning trash and radiation.

Via the Chicago Tribune, a disaster plan discovered this week by KMOX radio in St. Louis, the possibility exists for the release of a smoke plume containing radioactive fallout — and it would “most likely occur with little or no advance warning.”

An evacuation/shelter-in-place plan was developed last October, in order “to save lives in the event of a catastrophic event” resulting from the smoldering, below-ground fire reaching the radioactive waste.

The fire is happening at the Bridgeton Landfill. Which sits next to theWest Lake Landfill. Which contains radioactive waste from uranium processing.

Bridgeton Landfill has become notorious for its pungent odor. As someone who has been to Rams Park in recent years tells PFT, when the wind is blowing toward the team’s facility, the odor is “unbearable.” It’s believed that the Rams check to see whether it’s a downwind-from-the-stink day before bringing free agents to Rams Park. (If they don’t already do that, they probably should.)

Odor is one thing. The danger of a “catastrophic event” is another. Here’s hoping that they get the fire under control before it migrates to the radioactive waste and that, if they don’t, an effective plan will be in place to get everyone to safety, quickly.

42 responses to “Rams facility sits very close to potential environmental disaster

  1. Great, now the libs are going to get on their soap box on how we need “green energy”, as they drive in their own suv’s and private planes. It’s always political with liberals.

  2. What are the odds that NFL Rams owner Stan Kroenke made sure the news was released to the press. Kronke is now guaranteed to be able to move the Rams to LA. Could you imagine the lawsuit against the NFL if the Rams are made to stay in St Louis. The NFL owners should be willing to let the Rams move for free, sans the movement fee.

  3. 9000 tons of leftover Manhattan Project radioactive waste was mixed with 47,000 tons of other soils and illegally used as a matrix to bury landfill at West Lake in the 70s. Contamination has started to spread beyond the site. The DoE started investigating in 1993. The underground fire at neighboring Bridgeton landfill, just over 300yds away, started 5 years ago – but ONLY last Oct was an emergency evacuation scheme devised by the County! What were they, the DoE & the EPA doing on public safety contingency planning for the first 4 years of the dangerous underground fire next to the huge radioactive dump? Staring? Praying?

  4. I’ve heard teams called “dumpster fires”. The Rams need to be careful or they may become a radioactive one.

  5. Hold up…so there’s a landfill on fire underground – the fire is making it’s way to a radioactive dump site, and there’s no way to put the darn fire out? I don’t think worrying about which way the wind is blowing is where the priorities should lie at this point. Get a plan together to put the fire out!!

  6. First the turf at the dome catches fire, now this. Kroenke wants his insurance money bad.

  7. I just don’t understand why anyone would want to move to LA when they have a scenic view of a smoldering landfill…

  8. That land was bought for a song for obvious reasons and the NFL wants you to pay up and breath it in.


  9. That’s not a plan, that’s sweeping it under the rug.

    They can’t just move people away from St Louis.

    They have to prevent the fire from reaching the radioactive waste. Period.

  10. Between this and the recent report the public $ needed to truly pay for the stadium is significantly more than initial estimates doesn’t look like St. Louis has a viable plan.

  11. So when people say the Rams players stink, it’s more than just football prowess being discussed.

  12. “Rams owner already has an evacuation plan….”

    Yes, his private helicopter will fly him away while the fans choke to death.

    No more fans in St Louis ? Move to LA there’s a whole new crop there to be harvested.

  13. Wow! Radioactive Landfill is probably the only thing that could make LA an attractive place to live.

    In LA, they don’t have water to fight the fires.

  14. nextmanup81 says:
    Oct 11, 2015 2:19 AM
    Hold up…so there’s a landfill on fire underground – the fire is making it’s way to a radioactive dump site, and there’s no way to put the darn fire out? I don’t think worrying about which way the wind is blowing is where the priorities should lie at this point. Get a plan together to put the fire out!!
    Aye, but underground fires in old landfills and coalfields etc are notoriously difficult/impossible to put out (hence my amazement at authorities waiting 4yrs to devise an evacuation contingency). The problem is that such fires are often an ill-defined widespread smouldering mass by the time they are detected, and excavating to reach the fire will give it more oxygen whilst drowning it from above can spread the toxic chemicals into the watertable or just create toxic steam. So they are often left to burn-out – except some have been burning for decades! Not just in the US.

  15. I used to work near the Bridgeton landfill, and I can confirm the pungent odor, which is especially bad in the hot summer months. Rams Park is on the other side of I-70 from the landfill. However, the stadium is in downtown St. Louis, about 25 miles from the smell.

    Given the way the Rams have played the last few years, it is understandable how people can link the two.

  16. Rams Park (which is the practice facility, NOT the stadium which is 20 miles away in downtown StL) is basically surrounded by landfills. There’s one right across the highway, but the one with the fire is on the same side.

    When the wind is blowing the wrong way, the smell on the highway (and certainly at Rams Park) is absolutely unbearable. Acrid, burning garbage that stings your nostrils. It’s really unbelievable that they can’t figure out how to put it out.

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