Public Meeting Thursday on Bridgeton Landfill Settlement

Charitiable foundation will explain how $12.5 million will be handled

Kevin Killeen
August 16, 2018 - 4:17 pm
Bridgeton landfill, West Lake landfill in distance. Taken Oct. 2015

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) - A $12.5 million settlement from the owners of the burning Bridgeton Landfill to the community is the topic of a public hearing tonight.

The St. Louis Community Foundation, a local philanthropic group, is hosting the meeting to discuss how it will handle the money won by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley in his lawsuit against the landfill owners, Republic Services.

On the agenda -- what type of groups or causes will be eligible to receive some of the money, and how the application process will work.

Just Moms co-founder Dawn Chapman is hoping the application process is transparent.

"As a community, I think we deserve to see everyone that applies -- who applies for it, what their ideas are, that sort of thing," Chapman said. "I think that anytime money is held over a community, it can tear a community apart."

Chapman says it's her understanding that municipalities and school districts within 4 miles of the landfill are eligible to apply, but not individual property owners.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Bridgeton, 12567 Natural Bridge Road.