EPA holds public meeting to discuss radioactive waste at Bridgeton landfill

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 10:43 AM

MARYLAND HEIGHTS (KMOV) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting on Tuesday to address concerns about a Bridgeton landfill that contains radioactive waste.

EPA officials were on hand to discuss the agency’s ongoing work at the West Lake Landfill.

Homeowners, environmental groups and some lawmakers have concerns about groundwater contamination and air quality. The EPA has insisted the radioactive material is contained and safe.

But in the last few months it has done testing on groundwater and deployed a plane to fly over the site and attempt to detect radioactive substances.

EPA reps talked to a large group of residents about the results during the meeting at Pattonville High School which began around 6:30 p.m.

The EPA’s regional administrator Karl Brooks and Missouri environmental officials were in attendance at the meeting.

Some groups, including the Sierra Club, have called for an emergency removal of the radioactive material that’s been at the site for decades. The EPA has so far said that is not necessary.

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