Government Reconsiders Cleanup Plan
BRIDGETON - The federal government is now considering more extensive options to clean up a Cold War-era nuclear waste dump in St. Louis County.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Environmental Protection Agency four years ago approved a plan to cover the waste at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton. But activists are pressuring the EPA to abandon that plan, citing concerns about groundwater contamination and citing the landfill's location in the Missouri River floodplain.
Among the new options would be excavating tons of contaminated soil. EPA spokesman Chris Whitley says there is no timetable for a decision.
The site is among many around the St. Louis area contaminated by radioactive waste from Mallinckrodt Chemical Co.'s Cold War-era uranium processing operations.