radioactive waste http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 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 New Bridgeton Landfill Data Suggest Underground Fire Still Far From Radioactive Waste http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-bridgeton-landfill-data-suggest-underground-fire-still-far-radioactive-waste <p><em><strong>Updated on 2/23/14 to correct the date of the 2013 CO measurements, and on 2/21/14 to add a data table from MDNR and more characterization of the recent CO measurements.</strong></em></p><p>New monitoring data from the Bridgeton Landfill suggest that an underground fire has not spread toward radioactive waste to the north.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:52:12 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 33886 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Bridgeton Landfill Data Suggest Underground Fire Still Far From Radioactive Waste Republic Services Will Expand Carbon Monoxide Testing At Bridgeton Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/republic-services-will-expand-carbon-monoxide-testing-bridgeton-landfill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company that owns a smoldering landfill in </span>Bridgeton&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">has agreed to perform additional testing for carbon monoxide at the site.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:36:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33105 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Republic Services Will Expand Carbon Monoxide Testing At Bridgeton Landfill Missouri Attorney General Demands More Monitoring Of Smoldering Landfill In Bridgeton http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-attorney-general-demands-more-monitoring-smoldering-landfill-bridgeton <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants more air monitoring at the <a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/bridgeton/">Bridgeton Landfill</a>, where an underground fire has been smoldering for more than three years.</p><p>Attorney General Koster<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201401/1_9_14_13SL_CC01088.pdf">&nbsp;asked the St. Louis County Circuit Court</a>&nbsp;on Thursday to order the landfill's owner to collect more data on <a href="http://www.epa.gov/airquality/carbonmonoxide/">carbon monoxide</a> emissions.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:14:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 32907 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Attorney General Demands More Monitoring Of Smoldering Landfill In Bridgeton More Radioactive Material Detected At West Lake Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/more-radioactive-material-detected-west-lake-landfill <p><em><strong>Updated at 1:25 p.m. to add statement from Republic Services, and at 6:00 p.m. to add comments from EPA.</strong></em></p><p>More radioactive material has been found at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.</p><p>The material was detected during radioactivity testing in preparation for the construction of a trench. That trench will separate radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill from an underground fire smoldering at the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the construction of the firebreak trench.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:13:49 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 32111 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More Radioactive Material Detected At West Lake Landfill Nuclear Policy Analyst: Radioactive Waste At West Lake Landfill Must Go http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nuclear-policy-analyst-radioactive-waste-west-lake-landfill-must-go <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A nuclear policy analyst is adding his voice to those of area residents, environmental advocates and local government officials who want radioactive wastes out of the West Lake Landfill in </span>Bridgeton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ips-dc.org/staff/bob">Robert Alvarez</a> served as a senior policy advisor in the Department of Energy under the Clinton administration and is currently a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:28:31 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 31630 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nuclear Policy Analyst: Radioactive Waste At West Lake Landfill Must Go EPA Considering Landfill Fires In Re-evaluating What To Do With Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-considering-landfill-fires-re-evaluating-what-do-radioactive-waste-bridgeton <p>This isn't the first time a fire has smoldered underground at the landfill in Bridgeton.</p><p>The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says another subsurface fire burned there in 1993.</p><p>They <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201310/1995_OU-2_PRP_WorkPlanPg57LandfillFire.pdf">found a reference</a> to that fire in <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201310/1995_OU-2_PRP_Work_Plan_Pg_1.pdf">an old report</a> related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's management of radioactive waste at the landfill.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:22:04 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 30787 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Considering Landfill Fires In Re-evaluating What To Do With Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton Rates Of Radiation-Related Cancers Not Higher Near Coldwater Creek, Study Says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rates-radiation-related-cancers-not-higher-near-coldwater-creek-study-says <p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:05:17 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 10388 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rates Of Radiation-Related Cancers Not Higher Near Coldwater Creek, Study Says