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EPA – West Lake Landfill Open House

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EPA invites you to an upcoming open house regarding the West Lake Landfill Superfund site.  The open house will be held August 31 at the Bridgeton Recreation Center, and is the first in a series that will take place over the next few months.

Please feel free to share with your friends, family, and community.  We look forward to meeting with the public on August 31.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email or telephone.

Regards,

Benjamin M. Washburn

Public Affairs Specialist

EPA Region 7

(913) 551-7364

Additional Details:   170822 – West Lake Open House

The open house will be held:
TBA
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bridgeton Recreation Center
4201 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, Missouri

Membership

Anyone affected by a hazardous waste site can join a community advisory group.

Members participate in community advisory group meetings, review site information, comment on site decisions, and share information with the community.

The EPA recognizes community advisory groups that reflect the make-up and various interests of the community. After all, cleanup decisions at the site can affect citizens, businesses, local government, and other sections of the community.

While community advisory groups can be any size, they generally average around 20 Members.

At least half should be residents who live near the site. The other half might be made up of the medical community, local government, or real estate representatives.

To strengthen and give credibility to your community advisory group’s voice, the EPA encourages joining together with other groups such as local business owners, neighborhood professionals, community organizers, as well as people who do not live near the site, but could be affected by it.

History of West Lake Landfill Site

Beginning in 1962, portions of the property were used for landfilling of municipal solid waste and construction debris.

Two areas became radiologically contaminated in 1973 when soils mixed with uranium-ore-processing residues were used as daily cover in the landfilling operation.

An adjacent property has also been impacted by erosional migration of radiologically-contaminated material from the landfill proper.

This property, known as The Buffer Zone or The Crossroad Property, was subsequently purchased by the landfill operator. It is considered part of the site and is enclosed within the site’s perimeter security fence.

Also located on the site is the Bridgeton sanitary landfill, which ceased operation in 2005. This sanitary landfill did not receive any of the radiologically contaminated soil.

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