Bridgeton

Married couple Michael and Robbin Dailey sit in their home in Spanish Village. They allege that the radioactive contamination found on their property came from the West Lake Landfill.
Eli Chen | St. Louis Public Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to test areas in Bridgeton for radioactive contamination. Federal officials are responding to allegations made by residents near the West Lake Landfill. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday against against landfill owner Republic Services, Michael and Robbin Dailey claimed contamination from the Superfund site was found in their home. According to a letter from an EPA lawyer , the agency plans to sample dust and soils at the home and other areas in Bridgeton. EPA officials have previously said there is no evidence that radioactive material has migrated away from the site.

A cautionary sign at a fence around the West Lake Landfill Superfund site, which contains World War II-era nuclear waste.
Véronique LaCapra | St. Louis Public Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency misled the people who live near the West Lake Landfill by suppressing a key report that concluded the radioactive waste could be removed, residents alleged on Thursday. The nine-page document was finalized in 2013, but was just released on Wednesday afternoon. It contains recommendations from the EPA's National Remedy Review Board to address the waste at the Superfund site. "It appears feasible to remove more highly contaminated material and significantly reduce long-term risk at the site," the report said.

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

You may have heard of the local group of nuns who go to Bridgeton to pray for and protest over the West Lake and Bridgeton landfills, which have been the subject of much controversy in recent years . What you may not know is that movement is part of a greater spiritual calling for the Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM) to do ecological justice work — and how close-to-home the landfill saga is for the sisters. Related: Confused about Bridgeton, West Lake landfills? Here's what you should know In...

Missouri Senate

Updated at 4:38 p.m. on Sept. 17 with audio - On Thursday’s “St. Louis on the Air,” state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal , D-University City, announced her resignation as a member of the University City School Board. She said she was doing so to focus on issues surrounding radioactive contamination in the region, specifically naming the Bridgeton and West Lake landfills, as well as near Coldwater Creek . Chappelle-Nadal has been vocal about radioactive contamination in the St. Louis area for some...

Bridgeton Landfill
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

On Thursday’s “St. Louis on the Air,” host Don Marsh brought together several different parties to talk about ongoing community concerns over radioactive contamination at the Bridgeton and West Lake landfills. He was joined by: V é ronique LaCapra - St. Louis Public Radio’s science reporter. She has reported extensively on the situation at both landfills Dawn Chapman - Citizen activist Mike Petersen – Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Henry Royal, M.D. – Professor of...

A view of the Bridgeton Landfill, taken in the fall of 2014.
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The underground fire at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site does not produce air pollution that exceeds hazardous standards, the regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. “The air around the West Lake Landfill site in north St. Louis resembles the air elsewhere in metro St. Louis. There’s nothing distinctive,” said Karl Brooks, who leads EPA’s Region 7 from his office in Kansas City. Neighbors and environmentalists disagree. Residents of Bridgeton and Spanish Lake...

Lois Gibbs holds her daughter Missy stands outside her Love Canal home in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1978.
Courtesy of Lois Gibbs

Environmental activist Lois Gibbs will be in St. Louis this weekend for a “teach-in” to address problems at the adjoining Bridgeton and West Lake landfills, located in Bridgeton a few miles from Lambert Airport. The West Lake Landfill contains two known areas of World War II-era uranium processing residues , illegally dumped there in 1973. In 2010, an underground fire was reported at the south quarry of the Bridgeton Landfill. Not a fire in the traditional sense, it is a chemical reaction...

Republic Services

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. New monitoring data from the Bridgeton Landfill suggest that an underground fire has not spread toward radioactive waste to the north. A map posted online by the landfill's owner, Republic Services, shows carbon monoxide levels below 1,000 parts per million throughout the north quarry. That's the part of the landfill closest...

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: For two and a half hours, federal and state officials were bombarded Tuesday night with the same angry message from hundreds of frustrated people packing the auditorium at Pattonville High School:

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Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) is criticizing Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration for not taking part in a disaster recovery hearing Tuesday at the State Capitol. A House interim committee appointed to examine the state’s response to last year’s flooding and tornadoes held what was supposed to be its final hearing – but it ended early when no one from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) or the Department of Public Safety showed up. Kinder, who chairs the committee, says they will now send a letter to the Nixon Administration asking for written testimony.

Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is asking the State Emergency Management Agency to explain why the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton has not received $500,000 in FEMA funds to help it recover from the 2011 Good Friday tornado. Kinder chairs an interim legislative committee on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, which agreed today to give SEMA 48 hours to respond. The folks in Bridgeton have been extra patient especially given the fact that our friends in Jefferson City at SEMA...

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A toddler taken from a Bridgeton hotel room last week has been found safely. Detectives with the Bridgeton Police Department received a tip early Saturday evening that 2-year-old Brooklyn Hunter and Albert Cory Hunter were at a St. Louis Bread Company at 6701 Clayton Rd. Clayton police investigated the tip and found the pair. Albert Hunter was arrested without incident - Brooklyn did not appear to be injured, but Bridgeton Lt. Steve James says she was taken to a hospital as a precaution....

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Police in Bridgeton, Mo., have issued a endangered missing person advisory for a toddler taken from a hotel room in the city on Sunday. Police say the mother of 3-year-old Brooklyn Hunter returned to her room at the Americas Best Value Inn at 3655 Pennridge Rd. in Bridgeton on Sunday night to find that both her daughter and Albert Hunter, who police believe is the mothers boyfriend, were both gone. Police say Brooklyns mother has had contact with Albert Hunter since Sunday, but called them...

(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

It was once the regions largest shopping mall. Some even billed it as the largest mall in the world. Now, the vacant Northwest Plaza in St. Ann is up for sale by a group of lenders who need to get the 122-acre, 1.8 million square foot site off their books by 2012. They cant do anything except maintain the property in its current state, said St. Ann city administrator Matt Conley of the lenders, who are led by Wells Fargo-Wachovia. They cant sell off a piece of the property. If Wal-Mart...

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A former police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton faces sentencing in July after pleading guilty to taking a $5,000 bribe. The U.S. Attorneys office in St. Louis says 38-year-old Scott William Haenel of OFallon also admitted obstructing a federal investigation in his guilty plea on Wednesday. Federal authorities say a person cooperating with the FBI met several times with Haenel between November and January and paid him $5,000. In exchange, Haenel agreed to help conceal a money...