It’s always important to stay up to date with environmental issues in the area in which you live. One of these issues is about landfills and how people are taking care of potentially threatening issues with them. In a recent opinion piece in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri State Senator Bill Eigel wrote a thought-provoking piece. He explained to the public how the West Lake Landfill does not have the same situation as a location like Coldwater Creek.
He explains that, “It is important to note that the two sites are not the same, although some protesters and politicians have used photos, illnesses and data from the effects of Coldwater Creek and said they were from the West Lake Landfill. Again, no local, state or federal agencies have found that the landfill has had a negative effect on the health of area residents.”
He continued to say, “Disturbing the soil at West Lake Landfill is actually more dangerous to our local communities than leaving it where it is.”
He continued by explaining that a permanent cap is the safest and fastest solution. The idea of a cap would be something that could be started immediately and the cost of excavation would be more than $600 million to taxpayers.
Certainly, State Senator Eigel offers many compelling arguments and it is in the best interest of the public to pay attention to these points and to formulate educated opinions about the issue.