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Symposium to be held about Coldwater Creek Saturday

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(KMOV.com) – An expert on nuclear waste radiation will be hosting a symposium on Coldwater Creek Saturday.

Dr. Helen Caldicott toured Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County Friday. The creek was contaminated when nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project was dumped near the creek after World War Two. Many people who grew up near the creek have suffered from cancer. A study last year found elevated rates of cancer and autoimmune disease in neighbors near the creek. 

Caldicott has said the government should pay residents to move away from the creek.

But Kim Visintine, one of the founding members of the Coldwater Creek site, says it's not an option.

Visintine said the Coldwater Creek site is not eligible for relocation. She said the Army Corps of Engineers voted to either remediate site or relocate those around the site. The Army Corps of Engineers voted to remediate Coldwater Creek. Years ago the community had a choice between relocation and remediation and the community chose to stay in their homes and have the contaminated soil removed. The Army Corp of Engineers has spent $2 billion dollars remediating locations in the St. Louis area that were contaminated by nuclear weapons production waste. So far all the contamination found during recent tests along the creek are below the surface and doesn't pose a risk to anyone unless they dig up the soil. 

The symposium will be held at St. Louis Community College Wildwood, which is located at 2645 Generations Drive. It will start at 6:00 p.m.

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