Category Archives: Local News

Odor log shows rise in complaints about smelly Bridgeton Landfill, 03/25/2014

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Blythe Bernhard

A cap meant to alleviate odors covers Republic Services’ Bridgeton Landfill on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Stephanie S. Cordle, scordle@post-dispatch.com

Last May, Kathy Bell and her husband took advantage of an offer to stay in a hotel for a few weeks to avoid odors from work being done on the Bridgeton Landfill. The day they got back, she said the stench was worse than before and had seeped inside their house in the Spanish Village neighborhood. Continue reading Odor log shows rise in complaints about smelly Bridgeton Landfill, 03/25/2014

Red flags raised after hundreds of dead fish surface near West Lake Landfill, 02/15/2014

KMOV.com

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(KMOV) — Hundreds of dead fish surfaced near a controversial landfill raised red flags on Tuesday.  Residents want to know what caused the death of some many fish in a lake near the West Lake Landfill where radioactive waste is buried.  The lake sits inside the industrial park in Earth City where a resident noticed the belly-up fish and called News 4.

‘We think the problem is far more significant than the EPA has been saying,” said Ed Smith.  Smith is with the Missouri Coalition for the environment and is both a critic and skeptic of the landfill. He’s especially concerned over the part of the site where radioactive waste is stored.

“Anything is possible, all we can say for certain is that a fish kill like this isn’t necessarily linked to water contamination it could possibly be oxygen depletion,” said Dan Zerlenga with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  It is possible ice and snow cover could have smothered the fish, again no one is certain.

“What I really hope we don’t have here is a canary in a coal mine type of situation.  Meaning we don’t want a correlation but it should be thoroughly investigated,” said Smith.

http://www.kmov.com/story/28508659/red-flags-raised-after-hundreds-of-dead-fish-surface-near-bridgeton-landfill

Hospital asks EPA to step aside at West Lake Landfill, 02/11/2014

KSDK.com
by Leisa Zigman

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Tuesday afternoon, SSM DePaul Health Center joined a growing chorus of voices connected to the West Lake Landfill asking the EPA to step aside.Last month, Washington University geochemist Bob Criss raised the same concerns.

Here is a statement provided to News Channel 5 regarding the hospital’s position. Continue reading Hospital asks EPA to step aside at West Lake Landfill, 02/11/2014

Secrets buried beneath Westlake Landfill, 06/14/2013

KSDK.com
by Lisa Zeigman

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) – For more than 30 years, a former worker has kept a secret.

It is a secret he says is buried beneath the landfill and one that has haunted him for decades. But because of all the recent public health concerns surrounding the landfill, he wanted to share his story. Continue reading Secrets buried beneath Westlake Landfill, 06/14/2013

West Lake Landfill Superfund Site in Earth City Floodplain, Apr-May 2010

Sierra Club.org
by Ginger Harris


While we’re discussing what shouldn’t be in a floodplain, here’s something else that shouldn’t be there: illegally dumped radioactive waste from Mallinckrodt’s processing of extremely “hot” Belgian Congo uranium for the US’s first atomic bomb.

This radioactive waste is sitting behind the Earth City levee in the Missouri River floodplain of St. Louis County, 8.5 miles upstream of the drinking water intake that serves all of North St. Louis County north of Interstate 70. This radioactive site is 32 miles upstream of St. Louis City’s primary drinking water intake (Chain of Rocks waterworks). Continue reading West Lake Landfill Superfund Site in Earth City Floodplain, Apr-May 2010