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Fact vs Fiction: Coldwater Creek vs. West Lake Landfill

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A conflation of facts between the West Lake Landfill and Coldwater Creek may be helping to fuel fears about the landfill.

The Army Corps of Engineers has found low levels of radiation at St. Cyr Park in Hazelwood and several other properties that back up to Coldwater Creek. The creek starts near Lambert Airport and runs through portions of north St. Louis County.

Nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project was dumped near the airport, and wind and rain carried into Coldwater Creek. Many believe there is a connection between the creek and high cancer rate of those who have lived near it. A federal agency is planning a study of the risks associated with the waste in the creek.

“The study is designed to be intense, very meticulous and it begins by gathering all the sources of data out there,” said Dr. Faisal Khan the Director of the St. Louis County Health Department.

“Numbers have shown significant higher cancer rates and all of these cancers we believe to be directly attributed to the creek watershed,” said Florissant resident Kim Visintine.

Officials say some of the concerns about Coldwater Creek have also been applied to the Westlake Landfill.

“Regrettably there is a lot of misinformation, a lot of myth making going on and that really doesn’t answer the concerns that the community has,” Faisal said.

A federal study found no immediate public risk from radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill.

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