St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Blythe Bernhard
In a sharp shift, state health officials are asking for help to investigate whether high rates of cancers in north St. Louis County are linked to nuclear contamination of Coldwater Creek, which residents have long feared is causing rare illnesses.
Gail Vasterling, director of the Missouri health department, wants the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to design a study to explore the possibility of a connection between cancer rates and environmental hazards in North County. Vasterling said the request was based on concerns from the public, the history of nuclear waste in St. Louis, and the results of a cancer survey released Tuesday.