Radioactive site continues to plague St. Louis residents and region

Examiner.com  — May 29, 2015 8:21 PM MST
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Mothers and residents protest inaction at a radioactive landfill in St. Louis County, Missouri. A dangerous underground fire burns next to radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project which successfully built the first working atomic weapons in WWII.
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In North Saint Louis County, Missouri, in the City of Bridgeton, there is a ticking time bomb in the form of several contiguous landfills which contain radioactive waste and all the “daughter products” associated with weapons-grade uranium processing. Most notably, the site in question, the West Lake landfill, has the largest concentration in the nation of one of these highly dangerous daughter products.

In a 2013 report entitled, The West Lake Landfill: A Radioactive Legacy of the Nuclear Arms Race, Robert Alvarez states, “Of significance is the fact that the largest estimated amount of Thorium-230, a long-lived, highly radiotoxic element, is present at West Lake — more than any other U.S. nuclear weapons storage or disposal site.”

Alvarez, Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C., lays out several imminent risks associated with inaction—1. The landfill has no engineered barriers, and its radioactive material is uncontained; 2. It’s located in a densely populated area; and 3. The site is only thousands of feet away from the Missouri River, a source of drinking water for area residents.

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St. Louis Burning: What killed the babies near Weldon Spring?

by @RyanSchuessler1 April 30, 2015 5:00AM ET

State health studies did little to ease residents’, activists’ concerns about potential radiation exposure in metro area

This is part two of a three-part series investigating the effects of radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project on St. Louis and its suburbs. Part one examined the health problems impacting those who lived near Coldwater Creek.

Weldon Springs nuclear waste

The grave of an infant who died in 2010 in the cemetery of Immaculate Conception Parish of Dardenne.Alexey Furman for Al Jazeera America

St. Louis burning: America’s atomic legacy haunts city

by Ryan Schuessler @RyanSchuessler1 April 29, 2015 5:00AM ET

County parks, homes, businesses remain open and untested after decades of exposure to potentially contaminated creek

This is part one of a three-part series examining the effects of radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project on St. Louis and its suburbs.

Dawn Chapman, right and Karen Nickel hug after learning that workers who worked on the sites in the 1970’s will speak to them about what happened at the sites.

Dawn Chapman, right and Karen Nickel hug after learning that workers who worked on the sites in the 1970s will speak to them about what happened at the sites.Alexey Furman for Al Jazeera America

West Lake Landfill (CAG) Community Action Group Meeting – April 13, 2015

Meeting Featuring :

Mark Diedrich – Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Chairman  and Bradley Vann – Project Manager – West Lake Landfill Superfund

http://www.stlouisco.com/LawandPublicSafety/EmergencyManagement/LocalEmergencyPlanningCommittee%28LEPC%29

and

http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/index.htm#.VS9CUvnF-Sp