West Lake landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org en EPA Says Radiation Screening Suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex "Suitable For Public Use" http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-says-radiation-screening-suggests-bridgeton-athletic-complex-suitable-public-use <p>Preliminary radiation screening at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) suggests the ball fields do not pose a risk to public health.</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/pdf/bridgeton-municipal-athletic-complex-prelim-report.pdf" target="_blank">the results</a> on Thursday.</p><p>The athletic fields are less than a mile from <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/index.htm" target="_blank">the West Lake Landfill</a>, an EPA Superfund site containing radioactive waste.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:16:34 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Says Radiation Screening Suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex "Suitable For Public Use" EPA To Test Popular Bridgeton Baseball Fields For Radiation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-test-popular-bridgeton-baseball-fields-radiation <p><strong><em>Updated 5/9/14 after EPA press conference:</em></strong></p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin testing a popular athletic complex in Bridgeton for radiation.</p><p></p><p>Radiation screening at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) is scheduled to begin the week of May 19.</p><p>In a written statement released on Wednesday, EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said the planned testing was prompted by a need to resolve “public concerns generated by residents using donated radiation detection equipment.”</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35950 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA To Test Popular Bridgeton Baseball Fields For Radiation Lawsuit Alleges West Lake Landfill Radiation Has Spread Off Site http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-alleges-west-lake-landfill-radiation-has-spread-site <p>A lawsuit filed on Friday alleges that radiation from the West Lake Landfill has spread into surrounding neighborhoods, contaminating properties there.</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintains that the public is not at risk.</p><p>Attorney Daniel Finney, Jr., filed <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201404/JOHN_JAMES_ET_AL_V__MALLINCKRODT_INC_ET_AL-1673.pdf" target="_blank">the suit</a> on behalf of John James, who has lived near the landfill in Bridgeton for more than 30 years.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:40:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35246 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawsuit Alleges West Lake Landfill Radiation Has Spread Off Site EPA Analysis: Neighbors Could Be At Risk If Landfill Fire Reaches Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-analysis-neighbors-could-be-risk-if-landfill-fire-reaches-radioactive-waste-bridgeton <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:32:18 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34888 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Analysis: Neighbors Could Be At Risk If Landfill Fire Reaches Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-contract-army-corps-build-fire-break-bridgeton-landfill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is contracting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a fire break to keep an underground fire from reaching radioactive waste at the landfill complex in </span>Bridgeton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34619 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill Radioactive Waste Detected Closer To The Bridgeton Landfill Fire http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/radioactive-waste-detected-closer-bridgeton-landfill-fire <p><em><strong>Updated on 3/20/14 to add a statement from landfill owner Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, a subsidiary of Republic Services.</strong></em></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:50:33 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34547 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Radioactive Waste Detected Closer To The Bridgeton Landfill Fire McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-touts-bipartisan-effort-tackle-landfill-fix-roads-and-bridges <p>The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.</p><p>So says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was among four Missouri members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – who cosigned a recent letter asking the EPA to work with the Corps, which previously dealt with similar radioactive sites elsewhere in the St. Louis area.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:06:56 +0000 Jo Mannies 34492 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges Congressional Delegation Asks EPA To Let Army Corps Take Over At West Lake http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/congressional-delegation-asks-epa-let-army-corps-take-over-west-lake <p>Members of Missouri's congressional delegation have issued <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201403/2014-02-28_West_Lake_letter_to_EPA_Region_7.pdf" target="_blank">a letter</a> strongly urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to turn over responsibility for the clean-up of radioactive material at the West Lake Landfill to the U.S. Army Corps of&nbsp;Engineers.</p><p>Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill as well as Representatives William Lacy Clay and Ann Wagner signed the Feb. 28 letter addressed to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:22:36 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34061 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Congressional Delegation Asks EPA To Let Army Corps Take Over At West Lake Confused About The Bridgeton And West Lake Landfills? Here's What You Should Know http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/confused-about-bridgeton-and-west-lake-landfills-heres-what-you-should-know <p>On Friday morning, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/28/283773449/13-workers-exposed-to-radiation-at-n-m-nuclear-waste-dump" target="_blank">NPR reported</a> 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.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 02:24:49 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34085 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Confused About The Bridgeton And West Lake Landfills? Here's What You Should Know Report For EPA Says Underground Landfill Fire Poses Little Risk http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-epa-says-underground-landfill-fire-poses-little-risk <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201403/2014-01-14_Republic_radiation_evalution_for_EPA.pdf" target="_blank">A study conducted for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a> has concluded that the underground fire plaguing part of the Bridgeton Landfill site isn’t a hazardous threat, even if it reaches radioactive material stored at a neighboring landfill.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:35:24 +0000 Jo Mannies 33739 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report For EPA Says Underground Landfill Fire Poses Little Risk