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EPA – BMAC Soil Results.

page 9 BMAC report

Hello All,

I have had a lot of people ask about BMAC results. I have read through the whole thing  (253 pgs) and this is what I would say to you all….. that the best summary to read is on page 9.

You will see Table 4-BMAC Analytical Data Comparison. The first two rows are a low column and a high column. Look below that at the column that says BTV-Background Threshold Value.

That column will tell you how many samples they found on the BMAC ball field that are above background! For U238 they found 5 out of 88 samples. For Thorium 230 they also found 5 out of 88 samples. Ra 226 was 1 out of 88 samples. Lead 210 is 9 out of 88 samples.

In the case of Lead 210, the EPA results show the SAME level of Lead 210 that our samples showed back in June when we reported them to EPA!

If you have been to all the meetings, then you understand that one of the things we have been talking about is that area where there are radioisotopes present above background, but below remediation levels.

I know its very frustrating and a lot of you have asked “what is safe?” I think the better question is ” at what level is there a risk to human health?” The answer is the higher the level, the more exposure, the greater the risk! And yes, we are exposed to natural radiation everyday…through the sun et….we all know this.

But as parents, we get to decide how many hours our children can play in the sun, and what if any level of sunscreen to put on them. This situation with these BMAC results is not any different.

The purpose of this page and group is to provide FACTS so that you can make your own decisions. Hopefully this post helps you do that. If you have any questions please feel free to message one of us and we will do our best to help you find the answers and provide the documents you need.

http://www.epa.gov/region07/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/pdf/bridgeton-final-pre-cerclis-screening-report-bmac.pdf

Dawn – Just Mom’s STL

 

Air monitors in Spanish Village were vandalized near Bridgeton, West Lake landfills

Hello All,
Just Moms StL received a call from EPA Region 7 Ben Washburn.

Some of the air monitors in Spanish Village have been vandalized. EPA has reported it to the Bridgeton Police Dept. PLEASE keep your eye’s out! We REALLY need these monitors. We asked for them and EPA listened and has provided these monitors. 

This data will eventually be used in court…it can NOT be Jeopardized!!

If you see anyone messing with them, please report it to the police.

The Bridgeton Police Crime Tip Line is: 314-373-3876

Email: Tips@bridgetonmo.com

 

What the monitors look like at Spanish Village:

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Just Moms STL — BMAC testing results are in.

(Photo: KSDK)
(Photo: KSDK)
Just Moms STL BMAC testing results are in: We have received our test results from Eberline Lab.
The results confirm that the machine used for the “moms” testing was in fact picking up an elevated level of lead 210 (PB210). These results are QA and QC qualified and followed EPA’s protocol for Chain of Custody.
Just Moms STL and the rest of the CommUnity are thankful that the EPA performed testing at BMAC. We greatly appreciate the release of the GAMMA results last week and are looking forward to their soil sampling results, which will contain sampling for alpha and beta emitters.
The “moms” results have been shared with the EPA. If anyone else would like a copy please let us know.
Thanks

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Saint Louis County Department of Health is hiring epidemiologists to study chronic disease issues in St. Louis County

CWC Epidemiologists News Release

 

EVERYONE….THIS IS GROUNDBREAKING!! Thank you to everyone who shared their health information and that of their loved ones!! Because you were brave enough to share your information, you helped paint the picture of what this legacy of heartache has done to this region! Thank you Jenell Rodden Wright, Angela Helbling, Kim Thone Visintine, Diane Whitmore SchanzenbachKaren NickelHarvey Ferdman, and Leisa Zigman KSDK and all the press that covered this!


PEOPLE..you are seeing history being made! No where in the world has this been done…thank you St. Louis County and Dr. Gunn for your hard work and dedication. This will pave the way for future studies and help countless other communities all over the nation, possible the world!

EPA Says Radiation Screening Suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex “Suitable For Public Use”

EPA Says Radiation Screening Suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex “Suitable For Public Use”

1:16 PM

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Preliminary radiation screening at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) suggests the ball fields do not pose a risk to public health.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results on Thursday.

The athletic fields are less than a mile from the West Lake Landfill, an EPA Superfund site containing radioactive waste.

Beginning on May 19, the EPA measured surface gamma radiation at more than 58,000 points across the ball fields and other outdoor areas of the complex. The parking lots were not included in the testing.

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said none of the levels found at BMAC “would have required this Agency to take any action” or showed “any significant or unusual variations.”

Brooks would not specifically say whether any of the readings were above background levels. “The gamma levels at BMAC were consistent with those of other parks in North St. Louis County,” Brooks said.

Brooks was referring to additional gamma radiation screenings the EPA conducted at Koch and Blanchette parks, which Brooks said found surface levels “comparable” to those at BMAC.

Maryland Heights mother of three, Dawn Chapman, said she’s glad the EPA listened to the concerns of the community and came out to Bridgeton to test the athletic complex.

But she said gamma radiation screening isn’t enough to reassure her because it does not provide the same level of detailed information as soil testing. She said she wants to see the EPA’s next round of test results, from the more than 100 surface soil samples the agency collected from scattered locations throughout the complex.

“I’m very anxious to see those soil samples,” Chapman said.

The EPA’s Karl Brooks said some of those samples were collected from the same areas where Chapman and her non-profit group, Just Moms STL, hired a contractor to collect and test soil samples this spring. Brooks said the EPA’s sampling included the drainage ditch where Chapman said her group found “an abnormal concentration of radioactive lead.”

Chapman said she is expecting more detailed results from another testing lab, Eberline, very soon. She said she plans to share those results with the EPA.

Brooks said the results of the EPA’s soil testing should be back from its lab at the end of July. “We’ll know then what the particular levels of particular products like thorium, radium, and uranium are,” Brooks said.

But he insisted that people can feel safe using the athletic complex in the meantime.

“I think people who use BMAC, whether they’re out there to watch their kids play baseball, or whether they’re going for 4th of July fireworks, should go there knowing that they are in a park where their health is protected,” Brooks said.

Chapman said she would like to see the EPA expand its sampling beyond the athletic complex, to test other areas around the West Lake Landfill for radioactive material. “Has it gotten off site,” Chapman said. “What are those levels. And then when we have all that data in front of us, then it’s time for [the EPA] to decide what to do about it. And who’s responsible for what.”

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Citizens group investigating West Lake Landfill soil samples

POSTED 5:11 PM, JUNE 24, 2014, BY UPDATED AT 05:30PM, JUNE 24, 2014

BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-Off site soil samplings near West Lake Landfill a decade ago have grabbed the attention of concerned citizens. They wonder if there are health risks for people who travel St. Charles rock road.

The group calls itself “Just Moms STL” and they’re looking at documents released in 2005. They say that report raises concerns in 2014

Soil samples collected in 2005 show radiologically impacted material in at least two locations along St. Charles Rock Road west of Interstate 270. The assumption is it was inadvertently deposited as trucks carried contaminated soil from a Hazelwood location to the West Lake Land Fill across the street.

The group believes a surface contamination of thorium is way too high and potentially risky. While the Environmental Protection Agency maintains it’s been successful re-mediated or cleaned up, the citizens group wants someone to own those locations to prevent further spreading off site.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Westlake Landfill stated, “In 2005 the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a Record of Decision setting forth the remedy for the St. Louis North County FUSRAP sites – including haul routes and vicinity properties.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources concurred on that decision.  Evaluation and cleanup have continued under that Record of Decision.  Further, it is a certain distortion of the data to argue that limited materials on a haul road to the landfill in 2005 in quantities marginally above cleanup levels suggests that the West Lake materials have not been safely contained at West Lake.”

Also, the barrier wall to keep the nearby fire from reaching radioactive material, the construction schedule has not been finalized. We’ll keep you posted.

More coverage: Contact 2: Bridgeton Landfill Causes Health Concerns

Nuclear Legacy in St Louis by Lou Freshwater – Parts I & II

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  Nuclear Legacy in St Louis – Part I by Lou Freshwater

  Nuclear Legacy in St Louis Part II by Lou Freshwater

OVERVIEW

In the middle of the United States there is a landfill contaminated by nuclear waste which was left there from the dawn of the atomic age. Some of the waste from St Louis’ role in the Manhattan Project has been moved, some is still there, and some undoubtedly went into a creek and into a river and can now only be measured by those who are becoming sick.

PUBLISHED TUESDAY AT 4:34 PM

EPA Plans Limited Tests of Bridgeton Ball Fields

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/05/09/epa-plans-limited-tests-of-bridgeton-ball-fields/

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks listens to concerns from residents about safety of Bridgeton ballfields

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks listens to concerns from residents about safety of Bridgeton ballfields  

Kevin Killeen 

BRIDGETON, MO–(KMOX)–The EPA lays out its plans for testing little league ball fields for possible radioactive contamination from the nearby West Lake Landfill.

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says his team will test for gamma radiation starting May 19th from “fence to fence” within the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

The tests were prompted by dirt sampling done by a citizens group, which claimed to find some possible “hot spots” on ball field number four and in a drainage ditch by the racquetball court.

Brooks dismissed those armature tests as “unscientific and unreliable,” and indicated that all past tests of the ball fields have indicated they are safe.

Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers and EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks say ball fields are safe -- even before EPA tests

Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers and EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks say ball fields are safe — even before EPA tests

Neighborhood activist Dawn Chapman applauded the EPA’s plans to test the ball fields , noting that it was on ball field number four “between third base and home” where her group found one dirt sample with radiation levels “above background.”

But Chapman criticized the Brooks for not planning to include the drainage ditches in the testing. She claims that on a typical little league day many young children who are not on a team wander away from the bleachers to play in the drainage ditches, and she says one BMAC team even “posed for pictures” in a drainage ditch.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster recently sent a letter to Brooks urging him to test the ball fields and the “haul roads” around the West Lake Landfill — or face court action by Koster. Brooks told reporters Friday he has no plans to do tests for radiation on the haul roads.

Koster was not available Friday for comment on Brook’s decision.

The EPA testing is scheduled to take about a week at least, and possibly longer, Brooks said, if initial tests find any readings that warrant followup field testing.

In the meantime, Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers defended his decision to keep the ball fields open, saying he’s confident they are safe, based on past testing.

Copyright KMOX

New EPA Analysis: Community Could Be At Risk If Landfill Fire Reaches Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton

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8:32 PM
MON MARCH 31, 2014

A new analysis by scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests there could be risks to area residents if an underground fire were to reach radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill.

This radiation warning sign is posted on the perimeter fence of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo.
Credit (Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio)

An underground fire has been smoldering at the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill for more than three years and is now about 900 to 1,000 feet from the radioactive material.

At the request of EPA Region 7 officials in Kansas City, EPA scientists in Cincinnatireviewed a report prepared by a contractor that was hired by Bridgeton Landfill owner, Republic Services, and the other “potentially responsible parties” (PRPs) at the West Lake Superfund Site.

Their Jan. 14 report, by Engineering Management Support, Inc. (EMSI), evaluated what would happen if the underground fire at Bridgeton were to reach the radioactive material at West Lake or if a new “subsurface smoldering event” (SSE) were to develop in the radioactive area.

The new EPA analysis evaluates the conclusions of that EMSI report. You can read the whole analysis here, but these are some of the key points in our own plain-language interpretations:

LINK – Click Here:  IF THE FIRE COMES INTO CONTACT WITH RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Major Players Discuss Bridgeton And West Lake Landfills

St. Louis On The Air
12:00 PM
TUE MARCH 25, 2014

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There is increasing concern about the status of two landfills in Bridgeton as a slow-moving underground fire in the Bridgeton Landfill edges towards the adjacent West Lake Landfill. Radioactive waste left over from World War II was illegally dumped at West Lake in the 1970s.

Now it’s believed similar material is included in the Bridgeton Landfill and in the path of the fire.  A plan is being considered to build a barrier to prevent the fire from spreading from one landfill to the other. Residents and environmentalists are concerned that the area, and perhaps communities miles away, are threatened by a potential toxic contamination above and below ground.

The underground fire at times emits a strong odor. Residents of the area report that the smell causes headaches, nose bleeds, nausea and asthma attacks.

There are many players in the situation, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which oversees the radioactive waste at West Lake, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), which oversees the air and water quality of Bridgeton, and Republic Services, which owns the Bridgeton Landfill and is listed as a “potentially responsible party” of the West Lake Landfill.

St. Louis Public Radio Science Reporter Véronique LaCapra has been covering the story, and joined host Don Marsh in studio to help moderate the discussion. For more background information, see her previous reporting on the topic.

Also joining the conversation was Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Russ Knocke, public affairs director at Republic Services, and Dawn Chapman, a resident who lives near the landfills.

 

EPA Said to Seek Softer Review of Dump Agency Might Be Concerned About Cost Of Moving Nuclear Waste, Some Say

By

JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
March 9, 2014 8:04 p.m. ET
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Dawn Chapman, left, and Karen Nickel at the West Lake dump near St. Louis. They say its radioactive waste should be removed rather than capped. Sarah Conard for The Wall Street Journal

BRIDGETON, Mo.—An Environmental Protection Agency review board was pressured by officials at the agency to soften its challenges to an EPA plan for dealing with a highly contaminated radioactive waste site in this St. Louis suburb, a former board member and other people familiar with the matter said.

In what some saw as a sign of the intensity of the dispute, the EPA turned a 2012 review of the site from a public process to a confidential one. Some people familiar with that move believe it was done to save the EPA the potential embarrassment of the dispute becoming public.

The EPA, in written responses to questions, denied that pressure was put on the review board or that there were attempts to hide its views. The agency said a nonpublic “consultation” on the plan was more appropriate than a full public “review” because it was determined that more sampling and testing needed to be done at the site. It acknowledged, however, that a switch from a review to a consultation had never before happened.

At issue is what the EPA should do with the thousands of tons of radioactive waste at the West Lake landfill, a contentious question because of its location in a major metropolitan area. Uranium-processing wastes were illegally buried there 40 years ago by private parties, federal records show. The material will remain dangerous for centuries, experts say, and some residents worry it poses a health hazard.

West Lake is one of scores of sites around the country contaminated by the U.S. nuclear-weapons program, many of which haven’t been fully cleaned up. The Wall Street Journal last year examined some of the problems surrounding these sites, including West Lake.

The EPA regional office in Lenexa, Kan., which oversees West Lake, has said the contamination is contained on site and isn’t harming the public. It decided in 2008 to leave the waste in place and cover it with a protective cap. Faced with criticism from residents who feel the waste should be hauled away, the EPA is reconsidering what to do.

Dawn Chapman, a leader among the activists, and others say the Army Corps of Engineers, which has experience cleaning up nuclear-waste sites, should join the project. That position is backed by four members of Missouri’s congressional delegation, including its two senators. The EPA said it is giving “serious consideration” to the idea.

Part of the agency’s second look brought the matter before the EPA’s National Remedy Review Board, which consists of agency officials from around the country. The board was created in 1996 as part of a package of reforms in the Superfund program to clean up toxic sites, according to the EPA’s website.

In the West Lake case, board members had various concerns about the proposal to leave the radioactive waste in place, said people familiar with the matter. One was whether unreliable data were used to conclude the material was too widely scattered amid other garbage to dig up.

If it was in a more concentrated area, as some records suggested, removal to a licensed radioactive waste site could be a better alternative, given West Lake’s high level of contamination and location in a populated area, said John Frisco, a board member who took part in the discussions. Mr. Frisco, now retired, was a Superfund manager in the EPA’s New York City-based regional office.

Though the review board is traditionally a relatively independent internal entity, EPA officials tried to “soften some recommendations” and “remove” some information that raised questions about the proposal to leave the waste in place, said Mr. Frisco.

“It kind of flies in the face of an independent review,” said Mr. Frisco, who had been on the board since its inception.

West Lake was “politically hot” and led to “fireworks inside the agency,” said another person familiar with the matter, describing it as “a nasty affair” involving “unusual pressure” on the board from EPA officials.

People familiar with the matter said they believed that at least part of the motivation for the pressure came from wanting to defend the previously announced plan to leave the waste in place. Removing it, they said, was seen as likely to be more complex and expensive and carry other risks.

Another person involved in West Lake said there was “a lot of back and forth” regarding a “challenging site,” but didn’t recall feeling EPA officials had improperly “pushed” the board.

One EPA headquarters official who took part in the board’s deliberations, said people familiar with the matter, was Douglas Ammon. Mr. Ammon, who wasn’t a board member, took positions that seemed aimed “to dilute” West Lake recommendations, said Mr. Frisco. Mr. Ammon “was extremely vocal and tried to rewrite stuff,” said another person.

Adding to concerns over Mr. Ammon’s role: He was the direct supervisor of Amy Legare, the review board’s chairwoman. The EPA said he had “management responsibility” for the board.

The EPA said that at times, nonmembers participate in the board’s activities.

When contacted, Mr. Ammon said he needed to check with the EPA about giving an interview; Ms. Legare didn’t respond to interview requests. In its written responses, the EPA said the two wouldn’t be available to give interviews about “pre-decisional, deliberative activities” such as the review board’s consultation.

The EPA declined to provide a copy of the board’s consultation document. However, the agency said that as a result of the board’s efforts, “substantial additional work is under way or being planned to support EPA’s future decision for this site.”

Write to John R. Emshwiller at john.emshwiller@wsj.com

Confused About The Bridgeton And West Lake Landfills? Here’s What You Should Know

This radiation warning sign is posted on the perimeter fence of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo. Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio

By VÉRONIQUE LACAPRA, St. Louis Public Radio

On Friday morning, NPR reported that 13 employees at the only dedicated nuclear waste dump in the U.S. had inhaled radioactive material after a major accident earlier this month.

The incident happened at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. It’s designed to store radioactive material left over from nuclear bomb production during and after World War II. Radioactive material that dates that far back is frequently called “legacy nuclear waste.”

St. Louis has plenty of legacy nuclear waste of its own. Some of it is in Bridgeton, at what’s known as the West Lake Landfill. In the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill, an underground fire has been smoldering for more than three years.

The situation has caused a lot of fear and confusion. St. Louis Public Radio has started this FAQ to help answer some of your questions. We’ll add to it, based on your input. For now, you can use the comment field below, but we’ll be reaching out to you in other ways, too.

Where are the West Lake and Bridgeton landfills?

 

News Articles: Federally Elected Officials and Pattonville School District sents letter’s to EPA.

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Thank you to our federally elected officials and to Pattonville School District who today joined in with The Pattonville Fire Protection District, The Franciscan Sister of Mary, SSM Healthcare, North County Incorporated, St. Louis County Council, the Cities of St. Louis, Florissant, Black Jack, and Bridgeton who have passed resolutions asking for the West Lake Landfill to be moved to FUSRAP [Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program] and to everyone whose continuing efforts get the word out about the Community’s concerns. You are making a difference.

Link: Mo. Congressional Delegation Sends Letter to EPA over West Lake Landfill Kevin Killeen March 4, 2014 12:24 PM

Congressional letter wants Corp of Engineer to handle West Lake Landfill Posted on: 2:47 pm, March 4, 2014, by Chris Smith, updated on: 02:45pm, March 4, 2014

Pressure on EPA heats up for West Lake landfill Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:17 pm By Rebecca Rivas Of The St. Louis American

Lawmakers pressure EPA on landfill issue Brandie Piper, KSDK 7:29 p.m. EST March 4, 2014

Letter to EPA – Karl Brooks from Our Elected Officials – Sen. Blunt; Sen. McCaskill; Congressman Clay and Congresswoman Wagner

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++++++++++++++++++ V E R Y .. I M P O R T A N T ++++++++++++++++

The attached letter is what hard work, dedicatin and doing the right thing looks like!  Going to the ends of the earth to protect your family and your community!

WE ALL have come together and are putting a capital U in the Unity part of CommUnity!!  Not ONE but ALL FOUR federally elected officals have signed this letter!  This is a huge stepping stone, and its time to sow a great big heartflet THANK YOU to all four elected officials!

Ring their phones, send them emails, share this with your friends and family, so they can do the same!!

 

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