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It was recently announced that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was going to monitor the foul smell emitting from a landfill in Bridgeton. There is no law requiring them to do so. The agency elected to monitor for the safety of the population.

Isn't it strange that the agency cannot monitor the leaking coal ash ponds in Labadie because there is no law, but can voluntarily monitor for odors? If only the coal ash ponds produced an odor. Then DNR could monitor the situation "for the public good." But just doing so because it is the right thing to do is out of the question. Pitiful selective posturing.

One could conclude that the landfill is not owned by a utility. DNR, do your job, even if it is voluntary. Millions of people who are possibly polluted will thank you for it.

Eric Reichert  •  Franklin County