CBS St. Louis
Chapman says with so much uncertainty about the underground fires no one can say the landfills were ever under control.
“We’ve been through a lot as a community,” Chapman says. “And I think that we really are struggling to get to a point where as a community we can look to a future and feel safe and know that this won’t hurt us.”
She hopes to convince Congress that radioactive dirt can be safely dug up and removed from a residential neighborhood.
“They are digging this out of backyards, they are digging this out of parks they dug it out of industrial areas, out of parking lots, out of creeks,” Chapman says. “And they have put it on rail cars safely and transported it out for over a decade.”
A formal congressional hearing on a bill that would transfer jurisdiction of the landfill from the EPA to the Army Corps is expected to take place in March.