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Owner of burning, reeking Missouri landfill nearing Cold War nuclear waste agrees to new EPA steps, 04/29/216

The Japan Times
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The Japan Times
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – The owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the underground blaze, a U.S. Environmental Agency administrator said Thursday.

While stressing there’s no evidence the nagging fire has greatly spread, regional EPA chief Mark Hague told reporters on a conference call that Republic Services will install temperature monitors, as well as cooling loops or heat extractors designed to help control the fire’s temperature. Continue reading Owner of burning, reeking Missouri landfill nearing Cold War nuclear waste agrees to new EPA steps, 04/29/216

More radioactivity turns up near St. Louis-area illegal nuclear waste dump landfill, 01/28/2016

The Japan Times
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The Japan Times
BRIDGETON, MISSOURI – A Missouri agency has found more off-site radiation contamination near a St. Louis-area landfill where nuclear waste was illegally dumped four decades ago.

KMOX-AM (cbsloc.al/1PjM5iW ) reports that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said gamma radiation was found in the lower range in most samples. But some areas near the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton showed “comparatively higher levels.” More testing is planned.

Richard Callow, a spokesman for landfill owner Republic Services, said in a statement that the screening levels do not “identify any areas of health and safety concern.”

A September report found that radioactive waste dumped in the landfill in Bridgeton had contaminated trees and groundwater outside the perimeter of the landfill. Adding to the concern is an underground fire burning in the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.

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Residents Frustrated With Planned Barrier Between Fire, Nuclear Waste Dump In St. Louis, 01/09/2016

International Business Times
by Adam Lidgett


While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to go ahead with the building of a firebreak between an underground fire and a nuclear-waste site in suburban St. Louis, area residents indicated they are frustrated by the situation, Al Jazeera reported Saturday. A number of them said the plan to construct the wall is not enough and that there should be a more-permanent solution to the problem.

“It’s looking more and more like removal is the only way to guarantee [a safe solution],” Dawn Chapman, who lives close to the waste site, told Al Jazeera. “Life’s over for [people] in this community. They can’t live where they are. They can’t enjoy it.’” Continue reading Residents Frustrated With Planned Barrier Between Fire, Nuclear Waste Dump In St. Louis, 01/09/2016

St Louis plagued by illness from #thorium and uranium radioactive contamination, 07/31/2015

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St. Louis Plagued by Illness from #Thorium and Uranium Radioactive Contamination

This week, internationally recognized physician Dr. Helen Caldicott reviewed documents and reports concerning the West Lake landfill. She stated in no uncertain terms that the health records and data clearly show that contaminants have been causing cancers in the affected region at elevated levels.

As the recipient of 21 honorary doctoral degrees for her work on the health consequences of exposure to nuclear material including the disasters at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, Caldicott is one of the world’s most-respected experts on the topic. With regard to the West Lake site, she concluded that ongoing health dangers demand that, “the [West Lake] site needs to be dealt with immediately. It needs to be cleaned-up this year.” Continue reading St Louis plagued by illness from #thorium and uranium radioactive contamination, 07/31/2015