Residents question safety of Coldwater Creek after increased illnesses

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Posted on June 1, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 1 at 11:21 PM

(KMOV) — Over the past 30 years, local residents living along Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County have seen a great increase of local residents being diagnosed with rare illnesses. Many residents believe it could be related to a uranium waste site nearby.

Many kids have played in the creek water over the years and now questions are being raised if the creek may have been contaminated and did that cause the residents to have a higher chance of being diagnosed with cancer.

For 50 years, uranium waste was dumped in two sites in near the airport. Both sites bordered the Coldwater Creek, running northeast through Hazelwood, Florissant and Blackjack.  

The cleanup is still active and the Army Corp of Engineers believe it could take two more years to complete. There is no clear explanation or connection between the number of local residents with rare illnesses and the Coldwater Creek at this time.

A Facebook page dedicated to Coldwater Creek has been set up, making many realize just how many cases of cancer have popped up through the years.

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