EPA Announces Plan To Cleanup Contaminated St. Louis Landfill

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the release of funds designated to clean up the West Lake landfill site near St. Louis, Mo., that was used as a dumping site for nuclear waste during the Cold War era.

West Lake LandfilleThe EPA said in August 2017 that “no off-site, unacceptable health risks,” were associated with the site, ruling out runoff as a potential health hazard for the area. However, the site has long been on the list for the so-called Superfund clean up program.

The EPA said it would remove all of the hazardous radioactive material at the site, but stopped short of saying it would remove all of the material. The plan calls for removal of about 70 percent of the material, while also installing an “engineered cover system” for the property, which is owned by Republic Services and operated through a subsidiary named Bridgeton Landfill LLC.

Republic Services issued a statement to CBS News, which said the company was “pleased that the EPA has finally ended decades of study and again is issuing a proposed plan for the site,” which has been on the Superfund list since 1990.

Some of the local reaction in the St. Louis area expressed disappointment that the EPA did not plan to remove 100 percent of the contaminated material.

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