The event “West Lake Landfill & Love Canal with Lois Gibbs” originally scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, is postponed.


After serious consideration and in light of the tragic events occurring in St. Louis this week, the event “West Lake Landfill & Love Canal with Lois Gibbs” originally scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, is postponed.

A new date and time will be shared with you as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this causes and will be in touch as soon as a new date is selected.

You can check and the West Lake Landfill Facebook page for updates.

We are committed to raising awareness of the health and safety risks of the radioactive wastes and smoldering fire at the West Lake Landfill and appreciate your continued interest and support.

Just Mom’s STL
International Brotherhood of Teamsters 
Franciscan Sisters of Mary 
State Rep. Bill Otto
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

EPA – BMAC Soil Results.

page 9 BMAC report

Hello All,

I have had a lot of people ask about BMAC results. I have read through the whole thing  (253 pgs) and this is what I would say to you all….. that the best summary to read is on page 9.

You will see Table 4-BMAC Analytical Data Comparison. The first two rows are a low column and a high column. Look below that at the column that says BTV-Background Threshold Value.

That column will tell you how many samples they found on the BMAC ball field that are above background! For U238 they found 5 out of 88 samples. For Thorium 230 they also found 5 out of 88 samples. Ra 226 was 1 out of 88 samples. Lead 210 is 9 out of 88 samples.

In the case of Lead 210, the EPA results show the SAME level of Lead 210 that our samples showed back in June when we reported them to EPA!

If you have been to all the meetings, then you understand that one of the things we have been talking about is that area where there are radioisotopes present above background, but below remediation levels.

I know its very frustrating and a lot of you have asked “what is safe?” I think the better question is ” at what level is there a risk to human health?” The answer is the higher the level, the more exposure, the greater the risk! And yes, we are exposed to natural radiation everyday…through the sun et….we all know this.

But as parents, we get to decide how many hours our children can play in the sun, and what if any level of sunscreen to put on them. This situation with these BMAC results is not any different.

The purpose of this page and group is to provide FACTS so that you can make your own decisions. Hopefully this post helps you do that. If you have any questions please feel free to message one of us and we will do our best to help you find the answers and provide the documents you need.

Dawn – Just Mom’s STL


Wall Street Journal – Front Page – July 24, 2014



Radioactive Waste in St. Louis at Risk From Smoldering Trash

Garbage at Landfill Said to Encroach on Radioactive Waste on Site



Updated July 24, 2014 1:19 p.m. ET


Dawn Chapman, left, and Karen Nickel visit the West Lake landfill March 5. Ms. Chapman and Ms. Nickel are part of a watchdog group of residents concerned about the radioactive sites and the fire smoldering beneath the landfill. Sarah Conard for The Wall Street Journal

ST. LOUIS—Pressure is mounting to deal with the legacy of radioactive contamination and possible damage to human health caused by work done in this region for the U.S. nuclear-weapons program.

A state environmental consultant recently warned that a “subsurface smoldering event,” caused by garbage heating up underground, might be heading toward a section of the West Lake landfill, where thousands of tons of radioactive garbage is buried. The landfill’s owner strongly disagreed with the consultant’s findings.

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Federal regulators meanwhile are testing for more possible radioactive contamination in a suburban St. Louis area, while local health officials are adding staff for a possible major radiation-related health study of current and former residents of some neighborhoods.

“There is a lot of debate and controversy going on,” said Kay Drey, a local activist who has been working on nuclear issues here for decades. “It is time to finish cleaning up this area.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Waste Land series examined the St. Louis area last year, one of several reports last year on the legacy of contamination from the U.S. atomic-weapons program. Starting in World War II, local factories processed large amounts of weapons-related uranium. For years, there have been efforts to clean up the resulting mess at dozens of properties.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently took soil samples from an athletic complex where testing by a citizens group had raised questions about possibly elevated contamination levels.

The EPA said it expects to announce results near the end of this month. Past testing didn’t show a problem at that site, the EPA said, though another citizens group recently challenged such assurances.

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The St. Louis County Department of Health is hiring a team of epidemiologists whose projects may include a health study related to the past nuclear-weapons work. A group of current and former residents have been using Facebook to gather information on hundreds of cases of cancers and other maladies in neighborhoods they believe were contaminated by atomic waste.

While the citizens’ data isn’t scientifically validated, “it was a great idea of people to use social media” to gather information, said Dr. Dolores Gunn, director of the St. Louis County health department. “It gives us a place to start.”

At the West Lake landfill, a report last month from a consultant for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said that underground temperature readings in part of the site suggest underground smoldering is moving toward the landfill’s radioactive waste.

A spokesman for Republic Services Inc., West Lake’s owner, said evidence indicates the smoldering is moving away from the nuclear waste. Even if the heat reached that waste, scientific data “strongly indicates” it wouldn’t present a public-health threat, he said.

However, an EPA report earlier this year said that if heated, the nuclear waste could put increased amounts of radioactive radon into the air.

The EPA and Republic Services are working toward building an underground “isolation barrier” between the radioactive waste and the smoldering event, though they say the chance of the two meeting is small.

Federal and state officials are worried about the pace of the barrier work. Four members of the Missouri congressional delegation, including the state’s two senators, wrote the EPA last week expressing concern about “the lack of a clear timeline for completion.”

“I am not getting solid answers as to when the construction will begin and when it ends,” Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said at a recent news conference. A spokesman for Mr. Koster said his office has been told preliminary testing results indicate that radioactive material is being found across a wider area of the dump than previously believed.

An EPA spokesman said the agency understands the frustration of elected officials. But he said of the isolation barrier, “We want to get it right, and getting it right takes time.”

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Community Radiation Monitors are up and running at the West Lake / Bridgeton Landfill Complex

NETC Information

Hi Everyone: The Monitor’s are up and running.

Attached is the information on how to access [Click here]  NETC Information  at

You will be asked for a log-in ID and Password. This information is on page four [4] of the attachment and the access is free. Page 3 explains what NETC is as does page 4 which also shows you that when you click on the Radiation symbol for our monitors in Spanish Village and St. Charles the High, Average and Low readings – You can also click the link for data charts to see weekly, monthly and yearly High, Average and Low readings.

To access the Maps page click on the Yellow Triangle at the top of the page. You can see this triangle on pages 2 and 5.

Included are images and information on a 3rd monitor located at S.Grand and hwy 44. This is the EPA’s monitor. You will be able to the High, Average and Low readings when you click on the icon. You will not however be able to see the historical data for this monitor or any other monitor in the world unless you pay a fee of $19.95.

Page 6 shows the Data Charts from the Spanish Village and from the EPA’s monitors to give you an idea of what you will see for all other sites besides Spanish Village and St. Charles. You will notice that the data from Spanish Village has 3 data lines – Red – Blue and Green, while the EPA only has one data line that is Blue.

The reason for this is that the Community Monitors are reading all Alpha, Beta and Gamma readings, while the EPA and other sites around the world are only reading Gamma signal. The Red line is for High readings; Blue line is for an Average [which takes up to 3 months for a baseline average reading to be established and finally the Green line is for the low readings. The data takes the high and low readings to obtain the average reading.

If you notice there was a spike on July 14th on the Spanish Village data on page 6. This reading was taken at 2:00 pm and there was a heavy downpour of rain. This rain created an umbrella of sorts over the landfill and this was more than likely Radon which then dissipated once the rain stopped. If you look at the EPA’s data for about 2:20 pm, there was a spike – the rain was now over the EPA’s monitor and again was creating a umbrella over that area.

I hope this information and the attached document helps to explain about the readings that you might see. If not, leave your question and we will try to answer it or you can post the question on the NETC message board.

Also, Thank you to State Rep. Bill Otto and Councilman Steve Stenger for the donation of the Monitors and Thank you to Councilman Jerry Grimmer and to Pat Krammer and the International Operating Engineers Local 513 for the donation of the laptops for the Monitors.

Air monitors in Spanish Village were vandalized near Bridgeton, West Lake landfills

Hello All,
Just Moms StL received a call from EPA Region 7 Ben Washburn.

Some of the air monitors in Spanish Village have been vandalized. EPA has reported it to the Bridgeton Police Dept. PLEASE keep your eye’s out! We REALLY need these monitors. We asked for them and EPA listened and has provided these monitors. 

This data will eventually be used in court…it can NOT be Jeopardized!!

If you see anyone messing with them, please report it to the police.

The Bridgeton Police Crime Tip Line is: 314-373-3876



What the monitors look like at Spanish Village:

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State Concerned About Potential For Surface Fire At Bridgeton Landfill

In this diagram of landfill infrastructure, temperature monitoring probes (TMPs), gas interceptor wells (GIWs), and gas extraction wells (GEWs) are all labeled by number. Credit Map provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

In this diagram of landfill infrastructure, temperature monitoring probes (TMPs), gas interceptor wells (GIWs), and gas extraction wells (GEWs) are all labeled by number.
Credit Map provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources


Updated 7/3/14 with a link to the state’s finalized Incident Management Plan for the Bridgeton Landfill.

State agency officials are concerned that the underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill could break through to the surface.

That scenario was raised in a recent memo by landfill fire expert Todd Thalhamer, who has been consulting for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

In his memo to MDNR, Thalhamer said some of the highest underground temperatures so far had been recorded at the landfill in May and early June.

Thalhamer was particularly concerned about measurements at one temperature monitor, where readings above 200ºF were recorded just nine feet below the landfill’s surface.

That monitor, TMP-13, is located in the narrow neck of the landfill, between the north and south quarries. If you zoom in on the diagram below, it’s visible right in the center of the neck. This map is part of the first figure in this infrastructure report.