A federal magistrate judge gave preliminary approval to a settlement that will require Republic Services, the owners of the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, Missouri, to pay residents living near the site nearly $7 million.
The class action lawsuit that prompted the settlement alleged lost property value and public nuisance caused by the overwhelming and noxious odors released from an underground fire in the depths of the landfill. Notification will go out immediately to residents who will have a choice to accept or reject their portion of the settlement.
The lawsuit was filed March 2013 by attorney Ted Gianaris, of Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, on behalf of more than 400 residences impacted by the putrid smells.
The settlement will go to individuals who were legal residents living in the areas immediately surrounding the landfill between November 2010 and December 2013. In order to receive a portion of the settlement, class members are required to complete and return a claim form.
Residents have compared the smell to rotten eggs or something dead.
The Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill is located at the intersection of Interstate 70 and 270 on St. Charles Rock Road in Missouri. The landfill covers 52 acres and extends below the surface approximately 240’.
Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News