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Events around or at the Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills – October 24, 2015 – October 31, 2015

This will be updated with new information and stories for this week.  

October 24, 2015 – Brush Fire at North Quarry side of the Bridgeton Landfill — fire just 75 feet from the West Lake Landfill radioactive waste.


Photo Credit: R. Daily
Photo Credit: R. Daily
Photo Credit: M. LaVanchy
Photo Credit: M. LaVanchy


October 26, 2015 – Community hold protest outside prior to attending  the Community Advisory Group  (CAG) Meeting with ATSTR and Environmental Protection Agengy (EPA) Acting Head of Region  7 Mark Hague


National News: CBS Morning and Evening News spoke with Just Moms STL :

October 27, 2015 – Leachate Spill at Bridgeton Landfill MSD station at end of  Boenker Rd – estimate 10,000-12,000 gallons spilled – clean up in progress.

Nuclear Hotseat:  Interview with Helen Caldicott, Bob Alvarez and Dawn Chapman:


October 28, 2015 Petitions  Delivered to Gov. Jay Nixon

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – Just Moms STL and Community Members delivered petitions to  Brian May, an Aide to Governor Jay Nixon at the Governor’s  St. Louis Office.

Video of Petition drop off unedited:

Petition is still available for signing:


USGS Water Report is out!! Verifies the need to COMPLETE testing and characterization of the North Quarry! 12/17/2014

Just Moms STL

-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

1968 1974

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

March 17, 1968 with overlay

May 6, 1974 with Overlay —  See bottom left (in black letters) the legend  – bottom right is photo image date


MMay 6, 1974 with overlay

Health Department wants inclusive study of health problems near Coldwater Creek

A BIG Thank You to Dr. Gunn with the St. Louis County Health Department for addressing the health concerns of our Community.

Click Here for Link to KMOV Article Here

In a report issued today, here are some excerpts from the news report attached. This includes not only Cold Water Creek it is all of North St. Louis County and yes, this includes the communites around West Lake Landfill – 63043 and 63044:

“The Health Department does not want the study to focus on just cancer rates, but an entire range of health problems associated with radiation exposure.”

“People have a right to know if the environment they live in is safe for them and their families,” Dr. Dolores J. Gunn, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Health, said in a press release.

“We need to go beyond the years 1996 to 2011 and beyond just cancer rates to develop a more complete picture of what the people in and around Coldwater Creek are dealing with,” said Dr. Gunn. “We also need to determine if people are still being exposed to any environmental dangers,” she added.

Please send a Thank you to the St. Louis County Health Department for recognizing the health issues of our community.

Please continue to fill out the Health Survey attached in this link.

Report: Higher cancer rates in areas near Cold Water Creek

Report: Higher cancer rates in areas near Cold Water Creek

Leisa Zigman, KSDK 4:38 p.m. CDT September 23, 2014


Cold water creek (Photo: KSDK)

Story Highlights

  • Report found higher numbers of cases of cancer, such as Leukemia, breast, colon and prostate cancer.
  • This is in sharp contrast to the first report issued by the state.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Data released from the Department of Health and Senior Services confirms what people who have lived near Cold Water Creek have been saying for years. They feared the rare cancers they were getting at an early age were directly related to radioactive contamination in the creek.

But that data also has some mixed messages.

The state examined eight zip codes: 63031, 63033, 63034, 63042, 63043, 63044, 63134 and 63138. Compared to the rest of the state, there were significantly higher numbers of cases of cancer, including Leukemia, especially in zip codes 63031 and 63033; breast cancer; colon cancer; prostate cancer; kidney cancer; bladder cancer and brain cancers in children 17 or younger, especially in zip code 63043.

However, thyroid cancer, which is also associated with ionized radiation, was significantly lower when compared to the rest of the state.

RELATED: New investigation opened for Cold Water Creek

RELATED: Cold Water Creek group responds to new investigation

This is in sharp contrast to the first report issued by the state. After a lot of public outcry to include more zip codes and a greater number of years, this new data seems to validate in part what citizens have been saying.

Janell Wright and a group of her class of 1988 classmates from McCluer North High School produced alarming data obtained through their Facebook page, and even St. Louis County Health Director Delores Gunn felt more investigation was needed.

Dr. Gunn said, ‘I want to make sure we get the resources and responses the community needs because we all want to know what’s going on in our environment.”

When KSDK started covering Coldwater Creek and the possible link to cancer several years ago, there were 10 members on the Facebook page. Now, there are more than 10,000.

The Facebook group has documented a staggering number of cancers, birth defects and illnesses, and they are convinced the creek is the cause.

Diane Schanzenbach, one of the administrators of the Cold Water Creek Facebook page said, “This is a small step in the right direction, but this is just the tip of the iceberg…We still maintain there needs to be studies of those of us who grew up near the creek, but moved away. ”

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.

Citing 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. By the 1990s, the government confirmed unsafe levels of radioactive materials in the water.

To read the new full report, check out the state of Missouri’s website.

To read the state’s letter asking federal authorities to assist with further investigation, see below.

MO DHSS Letter to CDC

Temperature, carbon monoxide (CO), and hydrogen all continue to trend upwards at the Bridgeton Landfill.

******PLEASE READ******


Representative Bill Otto passed this info on to us via email earlier. Pay close attention to these things that Todd Thalhamer, Nationally Recognized Fire Expert for Mo DNR states in his recent report:

“Overall the TMPs appear to be indicating the heating event and the smoldering event continues to move towards the surface. One can also take the approach that the waste mass is settling into the reaction zone below ground, either way the smoldering event can surface through the waste or the waste can collapse downwards or be consumed by the smoldering event.”

WOW……just WOW

For over three years now, TIME ….has been ticking! TIME…is what Republic Services, and the EPA have had to find a safe and responsible resolution to protect the people and the environment of this CommUnity!!

Landfill experts, Fire experts, and many competent people have insisted that TIME was a huge factor in finding the most successful way to prevent an event of such unknown magnitude.

The TIME is NOW! Every minute, of every day for this CommUnity…..


A Meeting with State of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster

Last night Attorney General Chris Koster and his entire litigation team came to St. Louis for an open, honest, and informal meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to address this communities ongoing concerns about the landfill.

Attending the meeting last night on behalf of the community were, the “moms”, two residents of Spanish Village, Superintendent of Pattonville School District Dr. Mike Fulton, Bridgeton Council Ferd Fetch, State Rep Bill Otto, Gale Thackery with the Fransican Sisters, and the CAG technical advisor. Four of those mentioned above also work within two miles of the landfill.

The Attorney General and his te
am spent 2 hours discussing the critical issues that have developed over the past several months. It has never been more apparent to us moms that this CommUnity is in a very vulnerable situation due to the complexity of what is occurring at this landfill.

While this is very complex and scary for all of us, we finally feel like we have someone fighting for our health and well being. For so long we felt this CommUnity was on its own.
Last night the Attorney General and his legal team gave us a gift of hope and strength.

We understand more than ever that we have a huge fight ahead of us, but we also know we all have an incredible wall of support in place from:

Your Pattonville Fire District First Responders
Your Superintendent of Pattonville School District
Your local SSM Depaul Health System
Your Federal, State, and Local Representatives
We also have the support of Local and National Labor and
We are showered with prayer from head to toe from our Franciscan Sisters of Mary along with many other Sisters across the Nation.

It is now more important than ever that you attend the next CommUnity meeting on September 18th. We will be talking in more detail about the things that were discussed along with other important information you need to hear.

We are very grateful, and thankful to have Attorney General Chris Koster. Him and his team are spending NUMEROUS hours and are working “boots on the ground” doing what they can to assure this CommUnity is protected.
Please let him know how much we appreciate his work, and commitment, as well as his compassion he showed our group last night.


You can send him a message of Thank You to Chris Koster. His twitter is You can also email or call at Phone: 573-751-3321

Community Radiation Monitors are up and running at the West Lake / Bridgeton Landfill Complex

NETC Information

Hi Everyone: The Monitor’s are up and running.

Attached is the information on how to access [Click here]  NETC Information  at

You will be asked for a log-in ID and Password. This information is on page four [4] of the attachment and the access is free. Page 3 explains what NETC is as does page 4 which also shows you that when you click on the Radiation symbol for our monitors in Spanish Village and St. Charles the High, Average and Low readings – You can also click the link for data charts to see weekly, monthly and yearly High, Average and Low readings.

To access the Maps page click on the Yellow Triangle at the top of the page. You can see this triangle on pages 2 and 5.

Included are images and information on a 3rd monitor located at S.Grand and hwy 44. This is the EPA’s monitor. You will be able to the High, Average and Low readings when you click on the icon. You will not however be able to see the historical data for this monitor or any other monitor in the world unless you pay a fee of $19.95.

Page 6 shows the Data Charts from the Spanish Village and from the EPA’s monitors to give you an idea of what you will see for all other sites besides Spanish Village and St. Charles. You will notice that the data from Spanish Village has 3 data lines – Red – Blue and Green, while the EPA only has one data line that is Blue.

The reason for this is that the Community Monitors are reading all Alpha, Beta and Gamma readings, while the EPA and other sites around the world are only reading Gamma signal. The Red line is for High readings; Blue line is for an Average [which takes up to 3 months for a baseline average reading to be established and finally the Green line is for the low readings. The data takes the high and low readings to obtain the average reading.

If you notice there was a spike on July 14th on the Spanish Village data on page 6. This reading was taken at 2:00 pm and there was a heavy downpour of rain. This rain created an umbrella of sorts over the landfill and this was more than likely Radon which then dissipated once the rain stopped. If you look at the EPA’s data for about 2:20 pm, there was a spike – the rain was now over the EPA’s monitor and again was creating a umbrella over that area.

I hope this information and the attached document helps to explain about the readings that you might see. If not, leave your question and we will try to answer it or you can post the question on the NETC message board.

Also, Thank you to State Rep. Bill Otto and Councilman Steve Stenger for the donation of the Monitors and Thank you to Councilman Jerry Grimmer and to Pat Krammer and the International Operating Engineers Local 513 for the donation of the laptops for the Monitors.

Save the Date! Lois Gibbs, 08/16/2014 – 9am-3pm (Postponed)

We are VERY excited to announce that Lois Gibbs, founder of the Center for Health and Environmental Justice and nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, is coming to St. Louis to address the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill. Aug. 16th SAVE THE DATE!!! Center for Health, Environment & Justice


Lois Gibbs was raising her family in Love Canal, near Niagara Falls in upstate New York, when, in 1978, she discovered that her home and those of her neighbors were sitting next to 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals.

That shocking discovery spurred Lois to lead her neighbors in a three year struggle to protect their families from the hazardous waste buried in their backyards. In that fight, Lois discovered that no local, state or national organization existed to provide communities with strategic advice, guidance, training and technical assistance.

Lois with her neighbors on their own, by trial and error, developed the strategies and methods to educate and organize their neighbors, assess the impacts of toxic wastes on their health, and challenge corporate and government policies on the dumping of hazardous materials. Her leadership led to the relocation of 833 Love Canal households.

Many concerned radioactive material is spreading out from Bridgeton Landfill, 04/28/2014 St. Louis
by Brendan Marks

( – Many are concerned that measures to contain radioactive material inside the Bridgeton Landfill are failing.

A meeting was held Monday evening in St. Charles so that concerned groups, EPA, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and landfill owner Republic Services could discuss the problem.

Many concerned citizens are frustrated that the public has been kept in the dark about what really is going on.

“The frustrating thing is that work groups like this need to be occurring all over, everybody needs to get into the same room. Put their heads together and work out a solution,” said nearby resident Dawn Chapman.

News 4 has learned that a soil sample taken near the Bridgeton Athletic Complex showed there was a spike in radiation in the area. The results are currently being analyzed by a lab to determine if the levels are dangerous. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said he wants the EPA to also test such soil samples.

“It looks like it belongs in Chernobyl, doesn’t look like it belongs in the St. Louis metro area,” said St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin.

Cronin called Monday’s meeting because he is concerned that radioactive material could make its way into St. Charles County.

“Downtown St. Charles is just a little over a mile from this site and it’ll impact St. Charles County residents no differently than it will impact St. Louis County residents,” Cronin said.

AG takes two actions today on Bridgeton Landfill situation, 04/29/2014

***ATTENTION**** THANK YOU Attorney General Koster for helping this community fight for answers!! It’s time to stop messing around and get some solutions on the table…..


April 29, 2014

AG takes two actions today on Bridgeton Landfill situation

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today initiated two actions related to the Westlake Landfill site in Bridgeton, Missouri.

First, Koster sent a letter to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks calling on the EPA to test for radiological contamination in the community surrounding the Westlake Landfill, focusing specifically on routes used during the 1970s to haul radiological material from the Latty Avenue storage facility to Westlake.

Second, Koster filed a motion in St. Louis County Circuit Court asking the court to set its pending lawsuit against Republic Services for trial.

The letter to the EPA and the motion filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court are online.


How St. Louis became a Legacy Site, 02/12 to 02/19/1989

Have you ever wondered how the sites in St. Louis City, North St. Louis County, St. Charles [Weldon Springs], Hematite [Jefferson County] in Missouri and Madison County, IL became contaminated?

The below document is a seven part series that ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch from February 12th – 19th, 1989.  Click Link Below for the 16 page story.

Legacy of The Bomb – St. Louis Nuclear Waste(1)

Legacy of The Bomb - St. Louis Nuclear Waste History


West Lake Community Meeting Notice, 03/20/2014



Don’t forget our CommUnity meeting is this coming Thursday! We often run out of time to get to everyone’s questions at our meetings as there is just so much information to cover in such short time. We will have paper and pencils at the meeting this week to write questions to be submitted.

It might be helpful to start submitting your specific questions ahead of time here under the comment button /section or to one of the administrators on the West Lake Landfill Face Book page {link at top of the page].

We will compile all the questions we get before the meeting and then address them along with those questions we have during the meeting. Hope to see everyone there. Thanks

Prayer Vigil Dates: 02/12 & 02/26/2014 – 10 am

The Franciscan Sisters of Mary (Bridgeton) invite you to bundle up to join us in prayer tomorrow morning! We welcome Franciscan-hearted people, of all faiths, to come together for short prayer near the West Lake Landfill. The building protects us from most of the wind (some stay in their cars) but we are ultimately energized by one another and the Spirit!


Come Out to Bless The First Reponders of the Pattonville Fire District, 01/21/2014 (cancelled)

This has been CANCELLED due to the Weather.

** Forecast of snow overnight is expected to be lighter in west St. Louis and hopefully the roads will be cleared. We will post by 8:30 a.m. if weather conditions prevent us from meeting.

The Franciscan Sisters of Mary invite you to join us to show our appreciation to the First Responders of the Pattonville Fire Protection District on Tuesday, January 21st at 10:00 a.m., Engine House #3 on Maryland Heights Expressway across from the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

January 21st January 21st directions