Category Archives: EPA Updates

EPA MEETING FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON WEST LAKE LANDFILL PROPOSED REMEDY, 03/06/2018

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! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wTVd…

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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Bryce Gray

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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, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com.

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.gov
EPA Press Office


WASHING
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.”

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-administrator-scott-pruitt-announces-west-lake-landfill-superfund-proposed-remedy

 

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

EPA plans to conduct further testing for radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill, 10/20/2019

St. Louis Public Radio
by Eli Chen

This radiation warning sign is one of many posted on the chain link fence surrounding part of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo. FILE PHOTO | SARAH SKIOLD-HANLIN | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to conduct further testing for radioactive contamination at the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in Bridgeton.

Albert Kelly, senior adviser to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and the head of the agency’s Superfund Task Force, made the announcement at a forum late Thursday, where members of the community voiced concerns about the landfill. Kelly said he expects the sampling to occur within the next 90 days in the western part of the site, a portion that agency officials often refer to as “Operating Unit 2.”

The announcement came as good news to area residents, who have long worried that that contamination has damaged their health.
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West Lake Landfill – Additional Details About Site Status, June 2017

EPA
EPA in Missouri

SUMMARY

Steady progress toward final remedy – EPA is focused on reaching a final remedy decision that is compliant with the law, based on sound science, and considers the state’s position and key concerns in accordance with the National Contingency Plan. EPA will continue to hold the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) accountable for meeting deadlines as the Agency works toward selecting the final proposed remedy. READ MORE

EPA fudged its 2014 test results of the Bridgeton Athletic Complex, 06/07/2017

Stella Maris Productions

The EPA fudged its 2014 test results of the Bridgeton Athletic Complex, assuring the public that the ballfields were safe, while withholding data that warranted further investigation. 

Internal EPA emails show the agency was aware that radiation levels at the Bridgeton Athletic Complex were above background levels, but failed to clearly alert the public of its findings in a timely manner.

The series of internal agency emails obtained by The First Secret City reveal that the EPA knew that multiple radio-isotopes found within inches of the surface at BMAC exceeded 5 pico curies per gram, one of the varying benchmarks set by government regulators to determine so-called permissible levels of exposure.

Continued…
https://firstsecretcity.com/2017/06/07/damn-lies/

Scott Pruitt on cleaning up last administration’s toxic mess, 05/17/2017

Fox and Friends
Guest: Scott Pruitt, EPA Director
May 17, 2017

May. 17, 2017 – 3:11 – On ‘Fox & Friends,’ the EPA administrator speaks out about contaminated sites left behind by Obama administration.

EPA Director, Scott Pruitt, mentions this about West Lake Landfill:  “…these sites across the country have some uranium and lead, posing great risk to the citizens in those areas.  An example, where the EPA didn’t take any steps at all, we have a site just outside of St. Louis called West Lake that’s taken the EPA 27 years just to make a decision — not to clean it up, but just to make a decision on what should be done.  That’s unacceptable.”

In response to Pruitt being asked “what’s your first target?”, he responded with: “We’re very focused on West Lake.  We have a plan in place that we’re going to announce very soon on West Lake.  So it’s very, very important to make those citizens know that we’re going to take steps to clean up and clean up quickly.”

EPA Agrees Its Emissions Estimates From Flaring May Be Flawed, 10/13/2016

Inside Climate News
by David Hasemyer

Agency says it will re-examine the formulas it uses, based on data provided by industry, and people near oil and gas sites hope that means cleaner air.

Emissions from the widespread practice of flaring has been a matter of dispute with the EPA, with several environmental groups successfully pressuring the agency to consider recalculating its estimates. Credit: Getty Images
Emissions from the widespread practice of flaring has been a matter of dispute with the EPA, with several environmental groups successfully pressuring the agency to consider recalculating its estimates. Credit: Getty Images

***This could be important for the flares at the Bridgeton Landfill.***
A lot of Volatile Organic Compounds VOC’s are being produced by the fire..  Just Moms STL

New Report shows EPA’s own experts disagree on Region 7 assessment of wastes and solution at West Lake Landfill, 07/22/2016

by Just Moms STL

New Report shows EPA’s own experts disagree on Region 7 assessment of wastes and solution at West Lake Landfill.A new report released by Bob Alvarez and Lucas Hixson draws conclusion from the newly released EPA National Remedy and Review Board critique as well as documents and emails discussing the 2008 decision to cap-and-leave the wastes at West Lake Landfill. This report is short and a must read for everyone. There are links to source documents at the end of the report.This report clearly describes the disastrous decisions being made by Region 7, despite EPA’s own top scientists. This, in fact, is why Missouri’s Federal Representatives and Senators all cast a vote of no confidence in EPA’s ability to successfully manage and remediate the atomic weapons waste at the landfill. Thus, prompting legislation this past fall to take control of the radioactive wastes away from EPA and give jurisdiction to the Army Corps of Engineers FUSRAP.

Based on the linked report, It sounds like EPA’s review board and top scientists have also cast their own vote of no confidence in Region 7. Continue reading New Report shows EPA’s own experts disagree on Region 7 assessment of wastes and solution at West Lake Landfill, 07/22/2016

West Lake Landfill Critic “Livid” Over Just-Released EPA Study, 06/16/16

CBS St. Louis
by Brett Blume

On Wednesday, the National Remedy Review Board (NRRB) released findings that were critical of EPA Region 7’s decision to cap off the radioactive wastes, instead of moving ahead with efforts to remove the contaminants from the site.

“The National Remedy Review Board, in a very surprising revelation, also said that removal of at least some of the radioactive waste could be more cost-effective than just capping and leaving all of the radioactive waste,” pointed out Ed Smith, Policy Director with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

Smith said the MRRB also found that EPA Region 7 had underestimated the cost and risk of capping-and-leaving the contaminants in its 2008 Record of Decision. It said the available technology exists to safely remove radioactive wastes to limit long-term risks, and community concerns regarding impacts to groundwater are justified.> Continue reading West Lake Landfill Critic “Livid” Over Just-Released EPA Study, 06/16/16

Document shows some EPA officials saw West Lake waste removal as ‘feasible’, 06/16/2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Jacob Barker

Radioactive sign at West Lake landfill in Bridegton- tight
Exterior shot showing a section of the West Lake landfill Tuesday March 13, 2012, in Bridgeton. The EPA is assessing whether to stick to a 2008 plan to leave tons of Cold War era radioactive waste buried at the West Lake landfill or shift plans and excavate it. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Removing the hottest radioactive waste within the West Lake Landfill is feasible and could reduce long-term risks from the Bridgeton-area landfill, an internal Environmental Protection Agency report says.

The report, released by the agency voluntarily Wednesday, bolsters the arguments of environmentalists in the region who have long advocated for removing the radioactive waste rather than simply capping the unlined landfill.

The EPA never moved forward with its 2008 proposal to cap the radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton. The agency has cited community backlash for the reconsideration, and additional West Lake studies over the last several years were prompted at least in part by an internal EPA peer-review group, known as the National Remedy Review Board.

The 9-page summary of the board’s findings, finalized in February 2013 and posted online Wednesday afternoon, outlines recommendations that influenced the EPA’s decision-making. Continue reading Document shows some EPA officials saw West Lake waste removal as ‘feasible’, 06/16/2016

EPA Finds Radiation in West Lake Landfill Runoff, 05/26/2016

CBS St. Louis

EPA to Conduct Additional Sediment Sampling at the West Lake Landfill, 05/26/2016

EPA
West Lake Update

The figure included below depicts the locations of the samples taken in January and March as well as the five proposed sampling locations for the current effort.
The figure included below depicts the locations of
the samples taken in January and March as well as
the five proposed sampling locations for the current
effort.

In January, the Potentially Responsible Par- ties (PRPs) collected three sediment samples at the West Lake Landfill as part of additional characterization work for Area 1 and Area 2. EPA required two additional sediment samples to be collected in March in response to the large rain events that occurred in late Decem- ber and early January. For both of these sam- pling events, EPA collected a split sample from each location.   Continue reading→

https://semspub.epa.gov/work/07/30285873.pdf

EPA orders more fire control measures at West Lake landfill, 04/28/2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Jacob Barker

Bridgeton Landfill
A southern view of the Bridgeton Landfill where plastic membrane covers up hundreds of feet of garbage and various pipes direct leachate to the treatment plant, on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Bridgeton. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

The owner of the Bridgeton Landfill will install more cooling loops and temperature monitors and expand a plastic cover over the Bridgeton Landfill in an effort to keep an underground fire from reaching radioactive waste.

Federal authorities announced the actions Thursday but said they wouldn’t be the last in the efforts to build a barrier separating the radioactively contaminated West Lake Landfill from the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill.

Work is still ongoing to design a wall-like structure separating the landfills, Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague said in a conference call. But there was agreement between the EPA and the landfill owners on “a number of first actions that can be taken,” he said. Continue reading EPA orders more fire control measures at West Lake landfill, 04/28/2016