Floodplains and Landfills Don’t Mix

Published: January 25, 2014

Presentation by Patricia Schuba of Labadie Environmental Organization and Ed Smith of Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Schuba and Smith discussed several regional issues related to storage of hazardous waste in the floodplain of the Missouri River, including the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton and the Labadie Power Plant farther upstream.

EPA meeting
A packed house of citizens attending an EPA public meeting on the West Lake landfill.

Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director at Missouri Coalition for the Environment gave the history and latest updates to the ongoing story of a smoldering “fire” at the West Lake Landfill across the river from St. Charles. The landfill is adjacent to a dump of radioactive waste, causing fears of further contamination amongst area residents.

Patricia Schuba, Executive Director of Labadie Environmental Organization, discussed Ameren’s plans to build a coal ash landfill in the floodway of the Labadie Bottoms, upstream of St. Louis on the Missouri River. She focused on the toxicity of this unregulated hazardous waste product.


The Big Muddy Speakers Series in St. Charles

is hosted by these wonderful partners:

All speakers are presenting for free and Big A’s is sharing the space for free! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Rocheport and Kansas City.

A special thank you to Greg Poleski of Greenway Network and Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures for making this happen!

Resources and Links

Related to Bridgeton Landfill

Related to Labadie Coal Ash Landfill

Patricia’s Recommended Reading

We asked Patricia for her suggestions to read up on coal ash issues. Here’s her top 3:

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