Residents urge EPA to excavate Bridgeton landfill, relocate neighbors, 10/20/2017

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Bryce Gray

Meagan Beckermann of North County talks about the recent miscarriage of her daughter Faith and her eight-year-old son Trevor who has alopecia, as she speaks at a listening session before representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at the District 9 Machinists Hall in Bridgeton. EPA senior advisor Albert Kelly announced at the meeting that the agency would be expanding their testing area around the West Lake Landfill. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

BRIDGETON • One after another, dozens of north St. Louis County residents issued resounding calls for full excavation of the contents of West Lake Landfill and relocation of nearby residents, as the Environmental Protection Agency approaches a cleanup decision for the Superfund site where radioactive waste has languished for decades.

The long string of speakers shared personal experiences — often recounting health complications suffered by loved ones — and voiced strong opinions at Thursday night’s “community listening session.”

Their pleas for the maximally protective cleanup of the site were made to top-ranking EPA officials who attended the meeting along with more than 100 members of the public.
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