Work at Bridgeton Landfill causing strong odors
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Contact your Federally Elected Officials, ask them to have this site moved from Superfund under the EPA to Formerly Utilized Sites Remediation Action Plan aka FUSRAP under the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. This applies to all States, not just Missouri. The more voices of concern that are heard, the stronger the message will be that this site needs to be under the Army Corps. The meeting held on January 22nd further shows why this site should be moved from Superfund to FUSRAP.
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USGS Water Report it out!! Verifies the need to COMPLETE testing and characterization of the North Quarry!
-USGS states that radioactive materials could have physically moved into the north and south quarry (USGS pg. 4, 25, 35)
-The report does NOT look at the unnatural ratio of U238 to U235 found even in water wells that are below MCL.
-The report DOES show that the hazardous leachate at the site is in contact with the groundwater and that wells off site are showing increased Radium concentrations.
-The report acknowledges that we have a Radium problem in the groundwater and lists 4 possible hypothesis (1) leaching of radium from radioactively impacted material (RIM) placed at the site during the 1970’s, (2) the radium values detected are within the range of natural groundwater, (3) leaching of radium from non-RIM wastes disposed at the site, and (4) mobilization of naturally occurring radium from aquifer solids by some component of landfill leachate. (pg. 3)
- The radium at the landfill will become more radioactive over the next ~9,000 years due to chemical conversions throughout the uranium purification process for nuclear weapons, yet this appears to have been left out of the report.
Below is from page 79 of the report found at this link: USGS Ground Water document
The Aerials below show much better images of the above that we have in our files.
March 17, 1968 with Overlay - images trimmed for closer view — legend information on the 1974 photo following this one. Entire image can be made available
May 6, 1974 with Overlay — See bottom left (in black letters) the legend - bottom right is photo image date
Some GREAT news!! This is the BEST letter so far written by the State of Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program & Hazardous Waste Program to the EPA.
“The Department 10 page response supports USACE’s conclusion with respect to the design of the isolation barrier. Given slowly increasing temperatures in the neck, we further suggest that EPA require the Repsondents to IMMEDIATELY characterize RIM in the ENTIRE North Quarry” Also, they disagree with EPA’s absurd idea that nothing bad happens when an SSE hits the radioactive wastes!!
Thank you MODNR and Chris Koster
Click Here to Download Press Release: Just Moms STL Demand Meeting with EPA Administrator McCarthy on the Smoldering and Radioactive West Lake Landfill
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In the wake of a state health study showing high rates of cancers in north St. Louis County near Coldwater Creek, the St. Louis County Council unanimously endorsed Tuesday night a resolution calling for an expedited clean-up of the creek and expanded studies of the creek’s effects on public health.
Before the vote, members of the Coldwater Creek Community Group — who gave personal examples of disease in their families as well as the general problems of radioactive nuclear weapons waste — urged the council to endorse the resolution.
Carl Chappell of Florissant said that his father, who had worked at Mallinckrodt, died young of cancer after working with nuclear waste and that his own son was battling appendix cancer.
The company refined uranium for 15 years at a downtown site. Tons of the waste were trucked to a couple of sites near the airport and the headwaters of the creek.
Kay Drey, a long-time environmentalist, told the council that it had “a vital role to play toward saving lives and improving the health and safety of today’s and future St. Louis County residents.”
The council “expresses its strongest support” for “more study of health problems in and around Coldwater Creek, including cancer and the entire range of health problems known to be associated with exposure of ionizing radiation,” the resolution reads.
The resolution, initiated by Councilman Sam Page, a physician, was co-sponsored by the entire seven-member council. Councilman Mike O’Mara said he grew up and lived in that “hotspot” and knew many area incidences of canceramong neighbors and people in his district.
The resolution also requests that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies partner with Missouri departments to investigate.
“It’s a momentous day,” Jenell Wright, a leader of the Coldwater Creek Group, said afterward. “It has been an issue for decades and we finally have the council validating our concerns and saying ‘we want it fixed.’”
The group also backs a county health department’s initiative to work with state, federal and academic partners to further evaluate reported cancers and other health issues. Last month, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services released a study finding higher-than-expected rates of leukemia and other cancers near Coldwater Creek.
Margaret Gillerman is a reporter for the Post-Dispatch.
Updated 10/17/14: Republic Services has confirmed that it agreed on Thursday, in writing, to comply with all of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ requirements ― although the company remains committed to its position that the additional measures are not needed.
Our original story:
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill is spreading and that the landfill’s owner, Republic Services, needs to do more to stop it.
Republic says all its data ― including subsurface temperatures, carbon monoxide levels and surface settlement ― indicate that the chemical reaction is contained and moving south, away from the radioactive waste at the adjacent West Lake Landfill.