Below is the flyer for the upcoming Department of Health and Senior Services(DHSS) meeting on November 15th.

We will provide the flyers but we NEED volunteers to start distributing. If you are available please email Just Moms @ westlakemoms@gmail.com and we will let you know where to pick them up.

It would be great if we could get people out this weekend handing them out near Walmart or the Machinist Hall intersections on St Charles Rock Road, or anywhere you can think of.

(Thank you Christen Commuso for making these for us)

You are also welcome to print your own


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EPA Reaches Cleanup Decision for Radioactive West Lake Landfill Superfund Site!


Posted by Christen Commuso on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Signing of the Record of Decision to Clean up West Lake Landfill


5 On Your Side
by Grant Bissell



As you all know we support our Pattonville Fire District 100% as they ALWAYS have this Community’s back! You also know the devastating amount of cancer so many of our loved ones have suffered with. You can show your support for PFD and promote Breast Cancer awareness by ordering one of these great shirts!!!

For more information and to order shirts:

West Lake Landfill Excavation Update

Courtesy of Lindsay Toler, St. Louis Public Radio
West Lake Landfill: EPA proposal is latest chapter in long, troubled history

EPA Proposed Remedy & 75 Day Comment Period

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced the proposed final remedy for West Lake Landfill. The proposal, Excavation Plus (Alternative 4), calls for the removal of 67 percent of the radioactive waste to a maximum depth of 16 feet, the installation of an engineered cap to cover the remaining wastes, institutional controls, and monitoring. As with all proposed remedies, there is a 75-day public comment period from February 6 through April 23, 2018.  During this time, we will have the opportunity to provide our questions, concerns, and wishes to the EPA regarding the proposed remedy.   We have compiled a short list of topics we encourage everyone to consider when submitting your written comments.

  1. Relocation — It is always important to remember the entire landfill is one Superfund site. This includes the area that is currently experiencing the underground fire. The chemicals being released and the constant uncertainty of danger is reason enough to permanently relocate those living within a one-mile radius surrounding the landfill complex.
    Relocation is a top priority for Just Moms STL. We will continue to fight for and fully support a voluntary relocation plan.
  2. Disposal/Storage — EPA wants our input as to whether the removed waste should be stored on or offsite. If onsite,  the structure could be similar to Weldon Springs in St. Charles; off-site will remove and transport to a licensed nuclear facility just the same as the radioactive waste around Coldwater Creek.
    Just Moms STL supports off-site storage at an out-of-state licensed nuclear facility.
  3.  Depth of Excavation — Currently EPA says they will excavate to a maximum depth of 16 feet. We know there is radiation much deeper within the complex. Typically, no site receives 100% removal as agencies such as EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers FUSRAP remove wastes to certain allowable levels and, for varied reasons, there are always areas they deem inaccessible. However, the depth of excavation and percentage of radiation removed can increase from 67% as the public comment period, design, and implementation phases proceed.
    Just Moms STL would like to see the percentage of removal increase to the highest possible amount. Thus, resulting in the safest, most permanent solution.

We are now in the negotiation phase and EPA wants to give us a seat at this table. We encourage everyone to participate as this is the only opportunity the public has to ensure our voices are heard.

Click HERE for more detailed info on the Public Comment Period.

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Final Facts Flyer

Confused about Bridgeton, West Lake landfills? Here’s what you should know.

West Lake Landfill: EPA proposal is latest chapter in long, troubled history


EPA: Superfund Records Collections

UPDATE from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, 02/01/2018


ALL IMPORTANT**** Attached is a link of a clip from an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 12/07/2017 where Administrator Scott Pruitt brings up “West Lake Landfill” during his testimony!  (Thank you Congresswoman Ann Wagner for bringing this to our attention)

In this video, Administrator Pruitt commits to announcing a decision on West Lake in January 2018.  He mentions he is looking at proposals this month to make that decision! This would indicate that a decision has NOT been made YET…..While we are anxiously and cautiously optimistic about this decision, we must have a GOOD decision and not a decision just because it has been a long time coming.  Sooooooo…

Listening Session
West Lake/Bridgeton Community
to the Federal EPA

October 19, 2017

West Lake Landfill Protest

What on Earth is Going on at  West Lake Landfill?

When odors from the neighboring Bridgeton Landfill became so intense, residents began making calls. What they unearthed was shocking! They learned that the adjacent West Lake Landfill houses massive amounts of illegally dumped nuclear weapons waste from the Manhattan Project, the U.S. – the secret U.S. military program created in 1942 to develop the atomic bomb.

West Lake Landfill contains some of the world’s most toxic radionuclides, harmful in even microscopic amounts. These include Thorium-230, Radium-223, Uranium-235, Protactinium-231, Actinium-227, and Lead-210, some that will remain active for hundreds to thousands of years!

“The West Lake Landfill: A Radioactive Legacy of the Nuclear Arms Race”, by Robert Alvarez (page 4)

West Lake Landfill is not designed to safely house nuclear waste. It is unlined, in a floodplain, vulnerable to tornadoes and earthquakes, susceptible to fires, and close to heavily populated areas.  The radioactive wastes are located on the surface of the landfill, not buried deep.  The radioactive particles can migrate offsite via dust, smoke in the event of a surface fire, and through groundwater run-off.  The landfill sits precariously just 1-1/2 miles from the Missouri River which eventually dumps into the Mississippi River.

Diagram of West Lake and Bridgeton Landfills
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And to make matters worse, there is currently a huge subsurface smoldering fire in the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill that is moving towards the nuclear waste in the West Lake Landfill!  Never before has there been a situation like this. Experts are unsure what exactly will happen when the fire reaches the nuclear waste. Some predict a catastrophic event with the fire reaching the nuclear waste and producing smoke laced with nuclear particles that could spread across the region.

Vexed Reactions To Republic Services Handling of West Lake Landfill
Vexed Reactions To Republic Services Handling of West Lake Landfill

Watch this video to better understand the gravity of the situation at West Lake Landfill.

Even though West Lake Landfill was put on the National Priorities List and designated as a Superfund site on August 30, 1990 under the supervision of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nothing yet has been done  to remedy the situation. The best chance of cleanup would be by Congress voting to turn the responsibility of West Lake Landfill’s nuclear weapons waste over the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ FUSRAP program.

Attorney General Chris Koster
Photo Courtesy of Laurie Skrivan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri Attorney General, Chris Koster, filed a lawsuit against Republic Services in March 2013 based on violations of eight Missouri environmental laws. It sought orders requiring it to extinguish the smoldering fire deep within the landfill and take action to control odors, emissions and hazardous liquid releases caused by the fire. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch article reports that, “Koster’s office says that Pelopidas, which Republic Services says it used to manage public relations,

“has ‘admissions’ by Republic employees or contractors that the smoldering fire “will indeed reach the radiologically impacted materials at one or both of the landfills.”

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Courtesy of Cracked.com, October 20, 2015

Homeowners and business owners feel betrayed that they were not made aware of this situation by government and city officials, or by the landfill owners – Republic Services. Their health is in jeopardy and their property values are at risk. And the uncertainty of it all is exhausting. The release of an Emergency Evacuation Plan by St. Louis County created even more anxiety among area residents and workers.

Perhaps Steve Johnson of Teamsters Local 688 in St. Louis, expresses it best:

“We demand that Republic Services and its biggest shareholder, billionaire Bill Gates, be held accountable. Instead of paying lobbyists to keep us trapped, we ask that Republic Services become part of the solution. We demand that our government put its full weight behind our communities—its constituents—and ask that the United Nations monitor a successful resolution to this environmental and social crisis.”

Please join Just Moms STL in our mission to obtain a “safe and permanent solution” for this serious issue. Read through the pages on this site to learn more. Visit the How to Help pages. This truly affects us all.


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Radioactive  EPA Announces Radioactive Material Has Been Found in Unexpected Places at the Landfill
ABC News
by The Associated Press
March 24, 2016



St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 4, 2016
“Koster’s office says that Pelopidas, which Republic Services says it used to manage public relations, has “admissions” by Republic employees or contractors that the smoldering firewill indeed reach the radiologically impacted materials at one or both of the landfills.”


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February 02, 2016
Legislation:  S.2306

step-twoA companion bill was introduced by Congressman Lacy Clay and Congresswoman Ann Wagner on November 19, 2015.
It “died in a previous Congress“.
Legislation: H.R.4100 – To require the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to undertake remediation oversight of the West Lake Landfill located in Bridgeton, Missouri.