EPA reaches cleanup decision for West Lake Superfund Site!!

After years of bureaucratic inaction and escalating frustration and concern from the surrounding community, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally settled on a strategy to clean up the radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in Bridgeton.

Compared with a proposal from earlier this year, the selected remedy is about $30 million cheaper and will be completed about one year faster.

The agency said late Wednesday that it would slightly modify its earlier proposal to partly remove the site’s contamination, employing “more flexibility” by digging to varying depths to target spots where radioactivity is concentrated. The strategy is outlined in a record of decision, set to be signed Thursday morning in Washington by the agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler.

Story Continues:

https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/epa-reaches-cleanup-decision-for-radioactive-west-lake-landfill-superfund/article_70796e6f-d975-5122-8670-16a67154b442.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

The EPA has opened a formal Public Comment period that ends this Monday, April 23rd.  

The illegally stored nuclear bomb production waste and nearby landfill fire at the West Lake Landfill / Bridgeton Landfill Complex are of concern to the entire St. Louis region and beyond.  The EPA has opened a formal Public Comment period that ends this Monday, April 23rd.  Please show them that our community is concerned and wants the best and safest solution for this site by submitting a comment to: https://www.epa.gov/mo/west-lake-landfill

The following ARE NOT included in EPA’s Proposed Remedy.  If you agree with the following, please include them in your comment:

  1. As much of the radioactive material that can be safely removed should be removed.
  2. Since this radioactive material remains radiotoxic for over 9000 years, permanent safeguards must be put in place to protect our community from any radioactive materials left behind.
  3. The St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management and the Pattonville Fire Department should be granted the authority to visit the site at any time and be granted the authority to stop work should they feel the safety of the workers or community is at risk.
  4. EPA must acknowledge that the “effect of errors” has a high likelihood of putting people living within approximately one mile of the site at risk during removal and therefore should relocate them prior to any excavation or field trials.

I can be reached on 636-344-0488 or WestLakeCAG@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like further information.

Harvey Ferdman, Chair, West Lake Landfill / Bridgeton Landfill Community Advisory Group

Public Community Meeting with Senior Advisor to EPA Federal Administrator Scott Pruitt, Mr. Albert Kelly and Acting Region 7 Director Cathy Stepp, 10/19/2017

Details are below on the upcoming public Community meeting with Senior Advisor to EPA Federal Administrator Scott Pruitt, Mr. Albert Kelly.  Mr. Kelly along with Acting Region 7 Director Cathy Stepp will be here to listen to the concerns of this community regarding the West Lake/Bridgeton Landfill.

PLEASE NOTE****You will need to pre-register if you would like to speak.  There is the live link to sign up! 

Additional information is on the attached flyer.