(KMOV.com) – Residents in north St. Louis County are concerned after a recently released report shows the large number of cases possibly linked to nuclear contamination from Coldwater Creek and they are asking the community to fill out a survey.
And when the research is done, residents expect the number to be much worse.
Carl Chappell has lived in Florissant for 40 years and a tributary of Coldwater Creek is just a block away from his home. His 43-year-old son has appendix cancer.
“We don’t want to scare people to death,” Chappell said, “but they really need to be aware of what’s going on. They now have realized there is a significant number, a much higher number of cancer cases that are being reported in north St. Louis County.”
Researchers added seven years of cancer data in the new report along with expanding to zip code 63044 in Bridgeton and 63043 in Maryland Heights.
Dawn Chapman lives in Maryland Heights and she’s been active in the fight to clean up the Westlake Landfill, which contains some of the same nuclear waste which contaminated Coldwater Creek.
“They’re seeing illnesses that didn’t necessarily live along the creek,” Chapman continued, “They’re seeing this stuff can be windblown and when it’s windblown it can get up and go. The rainwater can carry it and wash it into ditches and then it goes into little tributaries.”
Chapman and others are pushing residents to complete online health surveys which try to track where and when a person lived in North County and what types of cancer they or family members may have.
“That is what’s spearheading this, it’s the self-reporting,” Chapman added, “If people would self-report, even if they think it’s insignificant, it would speed this up by a year or two it really would.”