Update: Nuclear Waste Contamination in St. Louis Area to be Addressed by EPA
The West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, MO contains radiologically-contaminated wastes deposited there in the 1970s, as part of Mallinckrodt Chemical Company’s involvement with the Manhattan Project—specifically, uranium processing. In recent weeks, citizens have grown concerned that a fire burning underground at the Bridgeton Landfill could reach the radioactive waste. See our previous blog post for more information.
People who live and work near the landfill, just northwest of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, have complained of itchy eyes, sore throats and other ailments related to the gases emitted from the landfill. What they fear, however, are the effects that aren’t as obvious, especially those from long-term exposure to radiation. Previous EPA testing has detected elevated levels of radiation in groundwater near the landfill—a health concern that has not yet been directly addressed.
On June 25 at 6:30 p.m., the EPA will host a public meeting at Pattonville High School to discuss health concerns related to West Lake. For more information on the meeting, visit the EPA’s website here.
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