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Republic submits 2nd contingency plan to MO DNR.

Republic Services has submitted a second ‘Contingency Plan’ to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MO DNR) for dealing with the fire at Westlake Landfill in the event that the fire reaches the Isolation break.  The link to the full contingency plan is located here (in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Reader installed to read it).

Of particular note is page 20, 2nd and 3rd paragraph:

If the above steps confirm sustained readings above 180° F and CO greater than 1,500 ppm at
the GEW well, and suggest that the readings are not the result of a localized SSO that can be
managed and controlled to that specific location, then Bridgeton Landfill will notify the MDNR
SWMP Engineering Section Chief within one business day. The MDNR may wish to observe
confirmatory testing or perform independent testing to confirm the trigger reading.
When Bridgeton Landfill and the MDNR mutually agree that the trigger has been reached, and
whether the triggered occurred north or south of Trigger Line 2, the triggered actions may be
implemented as required by the MDNR. These actions include capping and enhanced GCCS
and/or construction of an isolation barrier depending on the location of the verified trigger gas
well (north or south of Trigger Line 2), as indicated on Table 1 and Figure 4 of this Plan

 

Pattonville Firefighters Issue Dire Warning on Nuclear Waste

img_5635Article originally published by CBS St Louis

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – A prominent fire commander is calling for the removal of nuclear waste from the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton as his department monitors an underground landfill fire nearby.

“We need to quit talking about it and take action because it is something that is very serious,” Pattonville Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Matt LaVanchy says.

According to LaVanchy, the entire St. Louis metropolitan region would be threatened with radioactive smoke if the fire at the Bridgeton Landfill were ever to reach the nuclear site at West Lake.

“This is something that has cost me a lost of sleep, not just because it’s in my backyard but there’s a lot of innocent people in this area,” he added. “If that fire ever gets to that radioactive material, which I’m not saying is going to happen, but there’s a potential there for something very tragic to happen in this area.

If that occurred, according to LaVanchy, radioactive isotopes would leach onto smoke particles, carrying the airborne nuclear waste in whichever way the wind blew.

LaVanchy says in the short term, a trench needs to be dug to create a fire break. In the long term, he says the nuclear waste needs to be removed before another fire at the Bridgeton Landfill starts.

Later this week, the owners of the landfill are expected to present a revised plan to stop the fire from spreading toward the nuclear waste.

“It shouldn’t be in this community at all to begin with, let alone having a fire 1,000 feet away from it,” LaVanchy says. “There is just that much more sense of urgency with this.”

Please feel free to contact Governor Nixon:
Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720 Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222

Web Form: http://governor.mo.gov/contact/

 

Could Dooley Do More to Rid County of Nuclear Waste?

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Original Article from CBS St Louis

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – With an underground landfill fire burning near a nuclear dump site, activists want St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley to champion the removal of nuclear waste.

“People want this radioactive waste removed,” said Dawn Chapman, a Maryland Heights mother of three who helps run a Facebook page on the West Lake Landfill.

Chapman says among the north St. Louis County residents she regularly meets with, there is a growing alarm over the status quo of raising children near a nuclear waste site.

“Charlie Dooley needs to make an appearance himself,” Chapman said, “He needs to come out here and stand next to us because I’ve never seen him. I’d like for him, Charlie Dooley, to come out and stand in front of the landfill and say, ‘You know what? I’ve heard from the residents here and they have made it clear that they do not want this nuclear weapons waste in their back yard.’”

Chapman says Dooley could use his bully pulpit to call on the Missouri congressional delegation to make it a priority to permanently remove all the nuclear waste.

An environmental group that has been closely following the West Lake Landfill agrees.

“[Dooley] has the power to raise awareness about this issue and about what our federally-elected officials should be doing,” said Ed Smith of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. “We’d be incredibly excited to hear Charlie Dooley say I want the radioactive waste out and call on our federally elected officials to do that.”

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley (KMOX/File)

A Dooley spokesman says it’s not unusual for the County Executive to leave a symbolic resolution unsigned.

In late July, KMOX asked Dooley about concerns of residents and activists that he is taking too low a profile on the nuclear waste issue.

“This is a state and a federal issue,” Dooley said, “And we support that something needs to be done, but again, it’s in St. Louis County, but it’s an EPA issue and it’s a state issue.”

Dooley’s position angers Chapman, who says the County Executive could do much more.

“You know what? It’s not my jurisdiction. I’m a mom and I’m spending hours a day fighting to get it out,” Chapman said. “I don’t buy that. I don’t believe that at all.”

KMOX made an open records request to St. Louis County for any correspondence with the Missouri congressional delegation, the EnvironmentalProtection Agency, or any other agency requesting that the nuclear waste be removed from the West Lake Landfill.

A Dooley spokesman says there is no such document.

DOOLEY WRITES EPA ABOUT RADIATION CONCERNS

While he has stopped short of pushing for a nuclear cleanup, Dooley did sign a letter sent just last week to the EPA raising concerns about radiation in ground water near the West Lake and Bridgeton landfills.

In that letter to EPA Region VII Administrator Karl Brooks, Dooley says:

“St. Louis County is aware that radium contamination has been detected in groundwater samples around the Westlake and Bridgeton Landfills. St. Louis County also understands that the radium contamination is not anticipated from the known contaminants deposited in those landfills.

The purpose of this correspondence is to stress St. Louis County’s concerns about the source and extent of this radium contamination. St. Louis County recognizes that EPA VII is working with the environmental and health agencies of Missouri to try to resolve the radium presence. St. Louis County is also aware that the USGS is partnering with EPA VII on the Westlake efforts.

St. Louis County strongly encourages EPA VII to work with its partners to expeditiously determine the source and extent of the radium contamination as well as its acute and chronic health effects on residents of St. Louis County, especially those in the immediate proximity of the two landfills.

We continue to have great concerns regarding the subsurface smoldering event at the landfill and the potential environmental and health impacts this event has created.

My staff and I would appreciate a response and briefing about the efforts to date and planned efforts to alleviate our concerns.”

DOOLEY ADMINISTRATION’S PAST LETTERS ON LANDFILL

In addition to the letter sent last week to the EPA, Dooley’s Health Director Dr. Dolores Gunn sent two emails in January to state agencies requesting more study on the Bridgeton and West Lake landfill crisis.

Gunn wrote the Missouri Department of Natural Resources requesting ambient air monitoring. “Many residents have expressed their concerns about their family’s health in relation to the SSE (underground fire) and the St. Louis County Health Department believes that the results obtained by air monitoring could, with the assistance of MDHSS, help to allay, or substantiate, their concerns.”

Gunn also wrote the Missouri Department of Health in January asking for health studies on three separate issues – the landfill fire, the nuclear waste buried nearby, and the Coldwater Creek area of north St. Louis cCounty where radioactive waste was “improperly deposited years ago and is now being partially remediated .”

KMOX on Friday requested an interview with Dooley to respond to concerns about his handling of the Bridgeton landfill crisis. He did not call back.

 

Original Article

St Louis Cancer Clusters

FROM KSDK.COM: Leisa Zigman’s I-team report.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – There are radioactive secrets beneath the banks and waters of a north St. Louis County creek that may be linked to a staggering number of cancers, illnesses and birth defects. In four square miles, there are three reported cases of conjoined twins and cancer rates that one data expert says is statistically impossible.

About two years ago, Janell Wright and several of her class of ’88 McCluer North High School friends started wondering why so many of their peers were battling cancer.

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Cancer Cluster Map. Click to enlarge

“Where it got to be suspicious is when we had two friends diagnosed within a couple of months of each other with appendix cancer. And both people were told that is a one in a million cancer,” said Wright.

Wright, an accountant and former auditor, started collecting data from her classmates. Soon, peers from neighboring schools reached out too.

“On Facebook, it just took off like wildfire. People started reporting their cancers and auto immune diseases,” Wright said.

At first she found 30 cases. Within two months, she had data on 200 cases. Now, her maps have more than 700 cases in four square miles, including:

62 brain cancer cases
27 leukemia cases
26 lung cancer cases
24 multiple sclerosis cases
15 lymphoma cases
10 pancreatic cancer cases
3 conjoined twins

Wright became equally alarmed when data showed some of her classmates’ children had serious medical problems too.

“The children usually came down with brain cancer in the first 15 years of life, in addition, leukemia. In my peer group’s children, there were several children who had to have their thyroid removed before they were 10-years-old,” she said.

Illnesses Linked to Manhattan Project Waste - CHART
Illnesses Linked to Manhattan Project Waste – CHART

Strange coincidence or was something else at play? Another classmate, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, is an economist at Northwestern University. She ran her own analysis and found the likelihood of so many cancers among her high school peers was .00000001. Schanzenbach called it a statistical improbability.

Connected by Facebook, high school, and illness, the classmates made a startling discovery. The creek where they played as children carried a secret.

In the 1940s, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in downtown St. Louis purified thousands of tons of uranium to make the first atomic bombs. But the process also generated enormous amounts of radioactive waste. Sighting national security, the government quietly ordered the material moved to north St. Louis County in 1947.

Twenty-one acres of airport land became a dumping site where a toxic mixture of uranium, thorium, and radium sat uncovered or in barrels. In the 1960s, government documents noted contents from the rusting barrels were seeping into nearby Coldwater Creek. And by the 1990s, the government confirmed unsafe levels of radioactive materials in the water.

“You’re having to grasp this idea that something was wrong. Nobody knew about it. Our parents didn’t know, nobody knew,” said Wright.

Wright and the 2,000 people now on the Facebook page Coldwater Creek Just the Facts Please wonder if they inhaled radioactive dust that blew in from the dump, or swallowed small amounts of toxic creek water.

Wright recently shared her data with the Army Corp of Engineers, which monitors the creek.

Members of the Facebook group want the CDC to investigate their data and determine if there is a cancer cluster. They are currently trying to build their case in hopes of getting to the truth.

Wright hopes she is wrong about the cancer cluster and link to Cold Water Creek. Her greatest fear is that she is right.

Based on the latest data, the Army Corp of Engineers reports there is no contamination threat to current homeowners. And monitoring of the creek continues.

Thirty people recently filed suit against Mallinckrodt and other companies. A spokesperson for Mallinckrodt, which is now owned by Covidian, said Mallinckrodt was not involved in the disposal or cleanup of the nuclear waste.

Lynn Phillips from Mallinckrodt’s Media Relations issued the following statement:”

“The St. Louis Airport Site was used for disposal of demolition debris from buildings decommissioned and demolished nearly 50 years ago by a third party demolition contractor under the oversight of the U.S. government. Some of this debris was from buildings formerly used for uranium processing dating back to the 1940s at a Mallinckrodt site in St. Louis. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with the Department of Energy is now responsible for the environmental remediation of the St. Louis Airport Site, which includes Coldwater Creek, under its Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program. This remediation is nearly complete. Mallinckrodt is not involved in the remediation activities that have been conducted at the St. Louis Airport Site. “

Click here to watch and read the second part of this investigation.

KSDK

 

Republic’s proposed contingency plan for the Westlake Landfill Fire

1048999_2418071933419_855614276_o.jpgThis is the proposed contingency plan that Republic Services turned into the DNR per the Attorney Generals lawsuit agreement! Yes…you are reading this correctly…they want to dig an “Isolation Barrier” in the radioactive area! This is the point where we as a community start to wonder if control of this site should be taken away from REPUBLIC…they CLEARLY are not taken the communities utmost health and safety into consideration. If there is to be ANY digging into the radioactive area it had BETTER be to remove it!!