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 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An Environmental Protection Agency administrator says a plan will come before the end of 2016 to ensure an underground suburban St. Louis landfill fire doesn't reach a buried cache of nearby Cold War-era nuclear waste.
   Mark Hague, acting chief of the EPA region that includes Missouri, said Monday that the public isn't in any immediate danger from embers smoldering below the Bridgeton Landfill. He says that fire is still 1,000 feet from the nuclear waste.
   Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has called on the EPA to figure out "without delay" how to keep the smoldering underground garbage away from the nuclear waste.
   Hague says any EPA fix won't be rushed and will be based on the best science. But he says he expects a plan by the end of next year.

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