Legal claims may be filed over illnesses near former radioactive waste site

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by Marc Cox

KMOV.com

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 9 at 5:57 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – A north St. Louis County creek has a deadly secret…it carried radioactive contamination that sickened hundreds of people.

Coldwater Creek carried runoff from one of the most hazardous waste sites in the St. Louis region and today residents met with attorneys who are ready to file a federal lawsuit.

Mallinckrodt first dumped highly radioactive waste on a site next to the creek near the airport around 60 years ago.  Residents who live along the creek first noticed high levels of cancers within the past 15 years and many link it back to the site of the creek.

The radioactive waste was from the Weldon Spring uranium processing site, but attorneys know it will be tough to prove a connection from the waste and the creek.

The lawsuit could be filed as early as next week on behalf of the residents who lived and worked near the area.

Facebook has provided a needed forum for former residents of neighborhoods along that creek to tell their stories, and discover that many suffered the same fate. The creek runs under Lambert International Airport, and meanders north through several municipalities to the Mississippi River.

Along the way, it passes next to a site used to store radioactive waste – out in the open – in the 1940’s. The waste was later covered, then eventually removed.

Remediation efforts by the Federal government continue today at the site. In the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, many kids remember playing in the creek. Today, they plan to gather with attorneys to discuss the cluster of illnesses they believe is connected to contamination in that creek. 

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