Please remember to log any Odors/Fumes you may encounter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at http://www.dnr.mo.gov/concern.htm. It is important to document these odors. If you know of family or friends who do not have access to a computer, please give them the MO-DNR website information to link into when they do have access or they can call, fax or email their report.
You may notify the Solid Waste Management Program with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in any of the following ways to file an odor concern:
Phone – 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401 and state you need to file a Bridgeton Landfill odor concern.
These phone numbers are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.
Fax – 573-526-3902 Attn. Bridgeton Landfill odor concern.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: In case of an emergency, you should contact your local fire protection district using the 911 system. Continue reading
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#stlradwastelegacy West Lake Landfill is SCREAMING HOT with Thorium 230
Resources for sending information out to News Organizations, Elected Offical’s and General Public.
West Lake Community Members…It is time for all of us to start focusing our efforts on getting National Media coverage about the situation our Community is facing. You will find a link to a “media packet” that contains the accurate information needed to hopefully grab the attention of the National media outlets at the top of the page.
Please click the link West Lake Landfill.Citizens.20131125 above to open the file and then download it to your computer. Please attach it to your email with the media addresses included here.
Your Subject Line should read: West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri is “SCREAMING HOT with Thorium 230”
IMPORTANT****you will need to email this EVERYDAY! Do not stop emailing until we get a positive response! Thanks
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This is a link to the Presentation used at the November 21, 2013; West Lake Landfill Community Meeting that is featured in the recorded streaming video of that night
Nov. 22, 2013 – While inclement weather prevented drilling on Thursday, Nov. 21, Bridgeton Landfill reported 21 of 30 gas extraction wells and all of the toe drain collection sumps for the North Quarry area have been completed. Bridgeton staff advised the heavy construction work has been suspended until after the Thanksgiving holiday. No construction activity is planned on the four 1-million gallon tanks next week while concrete work is completed on the containment area. Gas extraction well drilling activities are scheduled to resume on Dec. 2, weather permitting. Bridgeton Landfill staff noted that routine facility monitoring and related operational maintenance activities will continue without interruption.
A brief update was also provided on the Gamma Cone Penetration Test. Forty-one of the sixty-nine proposed soundings in the original work plan are complete. The work continues with a pace of approx. 5 soundings being completed per day. Work on the GCPT will continue through Nov. 26 and then will resume on Dec. 2.
Published on Nov 21, 2013
Robert Alvarez, a Senior Scholar at the Institute Policy Studies explains the dangers in Bridgeton
Please see the link of the McGraw Milhaven interview with Robert Alvarez.
News story by the St. Louis Post Dispatch -
BRIDGETON • The West Lake Landfill is, in reality, an unregulated radioactive waste dump that should be cleaned up under the same federal program as similar St. Louis-area sites contaminated with World War II-era uranium processing residues, a nuclear industry critic said in a report.
The 17-page report issued Thursday isn’t based on new data. Instead, it draws from dozens of studies that go back more than half a century.
The report was prepared for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment by Robert Alvarez, a former congressional investigator and adviser to three energy secretaries during the administration of President Bill Clinton. An outspoken critic on nuclear waste issues, Alvarez presented his analysis at a public meeting Thursday night in Bridgeton.
Alvarez joins a chorus of area residents, environmental activists and local officials calling for responsibility for the cleanup at West Lake to be transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is cleaning up similarly contaminated sites across St. Louis.
The calls for action at West Lake have grown louder because of a subsurface fire smoldering deep within the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.
Alvarez said the EPA, which took over responsibility for the site almost 20 years ago, continued to rely on incomplete information and incorrect assumptions that underplay risks posed by radioactive materials dumped 40 years ago.
“The EPA never questioned what I call ‘the official story’ of what went where, so I started to look at that a little bit more carefully,” he said.
Alvarez said the EPA’s 2008 decision to leave radioactive wastes at West Lake in place beneath a rock, clay and soil cap ignored the fact that the site was in the Missouri River floodplain, in a populated area.
“To assume that none of this stuff will ever migrate is just not supportable,” he said.
The EPA’s 2008 decision is currently being reevaluated with no set timetable for issuing new cleanup plans. An EPA spokesman couldn’t be reached Thursday evening.
Alvarez agrees with the EPA on one point. Transferring responsibility for the cleanup to the Corps of Engineers requires congressional action.
The St. Louis-area congressional delegation has urged the EPA to clean up the site. But none of the officials has called for responsibility to be transferred to the Corps.“This problem needs to be solved as quickly as it can, but it shouldn’t be solved more quickly than we have a real solution,” Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, said in an emailed statement. “I understand the frustrations of area residents who feel a sense of urgency to fix this. That’s why I’m pressing for a real, long-term solution.”
Jeffrey Tomich covers energy and the environment for the Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @jefftomich.
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The existing underground fire at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill was last reported about twelve-hundred feet from the West Lake Landfill nuclear site.
Now, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment is worried about elevated temperatures at a gas extraction well it claims is just 750 feet from the edge of the West Lake landfill.
“I think it changes things in a major way,” said Ed Smith, “I was already uncomfortable with this whole concept of luxury of time.”
Since this spring, the landfill owners, Republic Services Inc., have carried out a court-sanctioned plan to try to put out the underground fire in the south quarry. Public officials, including the Missouri Attorney General, have talked about having time, if necessary, to dig an emergency trench to separate the fire from the nuclear material before it ever gets too close.
“The possibility of a north quarry fire is more likely now than at any other time, based on the data we’ve seen,” Smith said.
Data from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website shows the temperature at the well in question — Gas Extraction Well #54 — peaked at 155 degrees Farenheit on June 18. The past four weeks the temperature there has fluctuated between 143–146 degrees. Smith claims a temperature of 170 degrees would be considered an underground fire.
Landfill spokesman Richard Callow issued a statement:
“Every landfill everywhere contains decomposing material, which throws off heat. Gas Extraction Well-54, which is 1000-1200 feet from any radioactive material has historically exhibited somewhat elevated temperatures. It is currently trending down, not up. We agree with the Department of Natural Resource’s assessment of the data. Given contingency plans currently in place, there is no chance of an SSE [subsurface smoldering event] ever reaching material stored at West Lake. To argue otherwise is simply alarmist.”
Smith says when Callow claims the latest hot spot is 1,200 feet from the nuclear waste, he’s guessing at how far over the boundary line the nuclear waste lies buried.
“He can’t say with certainty where the nuclear material is buried, because he doesn’t know,” Smith said.
Smith says the possibility of a new fire starting closer to the nuclear material raises questions about whether firefighters would have enough time and space to keep it from spreading to nuclear material.
“The risk will be there that if a landfill fire hits the radioactive waste, you could have the possibility of smoke leaving the site, carrying with the wind and moving radioactive materials with the smoke and debris,” Smith said.
The Coalition for the Environment is calling on the Missouri Congressional Delegation to push for the complete removal of radioactive material from the West Lake Landfill. So far, Senators Blunt and McCaskill, and Congressmen Clay and Wagner have voiced “concerns” about the situation, but stopped short of calling for the removal of nuclear waste from the site.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources did not return calls seeking comment on the story.