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EPA reaches cleanup decision for radioactive West Lake Landfill Superfund site, 09/26/2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Bryce Gray

After years of bureaucratic inaction and escalating frustration and concern from the surrounding community, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally settled on a strategy to clean up the radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in Bridgeton.

Compared with a proposal from earlier this year, the selected remedy is about $30 million cheaper and will be completed about one year faster.

The agency said late Wednesday that it would slightly modify its earlier proposal to partly remove the site’s contamination, employing “more flexibility” by digging to varying depths to target spots where radioactivity is concentrated. The strategy is outlined in a record of decision, set to be signed Thursday morning in Washington by the agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler. READ MORE

Owners of Bridgeton Landfill reach $16 million agreement, 06/29/2018

KSDK – 5 On Your Side
by Grant Bissell

ST. LOUIS – After a years-long battle, the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill in north St. Louis County will pay $16 million, in part to improve the health and safety in the area.

A St. Louis County judge made the decision Friday afternoon.

For people who’ve claimed to be affected by the landfill, Friday’s agreement was a long-time coming.  READ MORE


Federal report: Coldwater Creek contamination may raise the risk of cancer in north St. Louis County residents, 06/18/2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Blythe Bernhard

Coldwater Creek radiation testing
Environmental engineers Juan Alvarado(left) and Dave Guyan test soil samples taken along the banks of Coldwater Creek behind a shopping center in the 400 block N Lindbergh Boulevard in Florissant on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The samples are tested for radiation at the site before they’re packaged up in metal cans and sent to a lab for further radiation testing. Photo by David Carson,

People who lived near or played in the contaminated Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County from the 1960s to the 1990s may have an increased risk of developing certain cancers, a federal report has found.  READ MORE

Residents fear for West Lake Landfill plan after Superfund chief, 05/01/2018 resigns

St. Louis Public Radio
by Lindsay Toler

Albert Kelly, former head of the EPA's Superfund Task Force, and EPA Region 7 administrator Cathy Stepp attend a town hall in Bridgeton about the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in October 2017
Albert Kelly, former head of the EPA’s Superfund Task Force, and EPA Region 7 administrator Cathy Stepp attend a town hall in Bridgeton about the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in October 2017 FILE PHOTO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Task Force resigned Tuesday after one year in the role, leaving residents in northwest St. Louis County unsure about the fate of a proposal to clean up West Lake Landfill.

Albert Kelly, former EPA senior advisor, did not immediately return a call for comment. Media reports say the ex-banking executive resigned after relentless bad press about his financial dealings. Before he joined the EPA, Kelly helped administrator Scott Pruitt get financing to pay for a mortgage and to buy a minor league baseball team. Later, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. banned Kelly from the industry because of a previous banking violation. READ MORE

Bill Gates: Help clean up your toxic St. Louis dump, 04/17/2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Dr. Stuart Slavin

Bill Gates

Bill Gates continues his extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, recently committing $50 million to the fight against Alzheimer’s. Through his personal giving and his foundations, Gates has had a major impact on challenging global issues, but his help is needed now in the middle of the American heartland here in St. Louis.

Gates owns a large stake in the waste management company Republic Services. In a July 2017 SEC filing, Gates was reported to own 108,502,519 shares of this company, worth some $6.9 billion, representing more than 30 percent of all Republic shares and making him the largest single shareholder in the company. He has owned much of this stock for some time, holding at least 90 million shares since 2014. Over the past three years, the stock price has approximately doubled, giving him a gain of more than $3 billion.

EPA head says final West Lake cleanup plan could mean more aggressive removal of material, 03/12/2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Chuck Raasch

WASHINGTON • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday that he believes he has proposed a “sound, solid” solution to clean up the West Lake Landfill Superfund site — but that a final decision could include excavating more than the 67 percent of the site the EPA says will be sufficient to protect the health of neighboring residents.



Just Moms STL

EPA hosted a Public Meeting to formally present the Proposed Remedy that was announced on Feb 1, 2018, for the clean up of West Lake Landfill and the comment period ends at Midnight, April 23rd.

Our Community showed up, it was Standing room only! There was a list of 97 speakers who were allowed 2 minutes to voice their comment that will become part of the public record and was recorded by a transcriptionist and will be made available by the EPA.

Attached is a link with information that will help guide you in making your comment to the EPA if you have not done so yet. This link will give you the information on how to do that!…

Public weighs in on West Lake proposal, overwhelmingly wants more thorough cleanup, 03/07/2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Bryce Gray

This is all I have left of my daughter,” said Kirbi Pemberton, who holds up a lock of hair from her daughter who died in 2014, during the public comment portion of the EPA West Lake Landfill clean up meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the District 9 Machinists Hall. Pemberton grew up Spanish Village and has always lived within 5 miles of the West Lake Landfill. Pemberton believes her family’s health issues are related to the contamination. Her daughter died of a rare brain cancer at the age of 12, in 2014. To the right is Just Moms STL leaders Karen Nichols. The EPA has proposed removing some of the radioactive material at the site but not all the radioactive material. The public did not support their proposal. Photo by Laurie Skrivan,

BRIDGETON • Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a long-awaited proposal to partially remove the radioactive contamination at the West Lake Landfill Superfund site here, while placing a protective cap over material left behind. READ MORE

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Announces West Lake Landfill Superfund Proposed Remedy, 02/01/2018
EPA Press Office

TON  — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the proposed remedy for the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site in Bridgeton, Missouri.

“The people of the St. Louis region deserve clarity and answers with respect to the remediation of the West Lake Landfill,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “I promised them an answer, and today I am making good on that commitment. I am pleased to announce a proposed remedy that will strategically excavate and remove within five years all the radioactive material that poses a risk to public health. Along with excavation, a permanent cap will be put in place that will provide additional protection to the community over the long term. This decision demonstrates my vision for the Superfund program. Through leadership and responsiveness to communities, we will make decisions that protect public health, comply with the law, and hold potentially responsible parties accountable.”


EPA wants to do partial excavation of contaminants at radioactive West Lake Landfill Superfund site, 02/01/2018

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Bryce Gray

“In a long-awaited decision, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it aims to pursue partial excavation as its strategy to remediate the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in Bridgeton — the home of waste linked to the Manhattan Project.”

EPA wants to do partial excavation of contaminants at radioactive West Lake Landfill Superfund site