St. Louis Post Dispatch Editorial: Let the cleanup begin

By the Editorial Board

Companies have been dumping waste at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton since the 1950s. Radioactive materials, created as a byproduct of Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, were dumped in a 200-acre hole there beginning in 1973.

So the fact that there are problems at the landfill shouldn’t be a surprise. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigated the site and published a report in 1977. The Environmental Protection Agency designated it a Superfund site in 1990, making it eligible for special federal funding to clean up the nation’s most hazardous waste sites.

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EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks (standing) listens to a question during a public meeting hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The meeting focused on radioactive waste in the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford, elunsford@post-dispatch.com

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