EPA to test home near landfill for radioactive contamination

1 year 10 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, November 22 2016 Nov 22, 2016 Tuesday, November 22, 2016 2:44:00 PM CST November 22, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will test for radioactive contamination at a home near a St. Louis County landfill, a Superfund site where illegally buried nuclear waste sits near an underground fire.

Meanwhile, Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague said Tuesday that the agency is not yet ready to announce remediation plans for the West Lake Landfill site in Bridgeton. Those plans were expected by December. No new timetable was given.

Cold War-era nuclear waste was buried at West Lake in the 1970s. Making matters worse, an underground fire has burned in recent years just a few hundred feet away at the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.

Last week, a lawsuit filed by Michael and Robbin Dailey of Bridgeton claimed that sampling conducted at their home found high levels of radioactive material.

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