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NCI supports Keith's HCR 3

"To: NCI Members

From: NCI Office
Re: West Lake Landfill, Bridgeton, Missouri

"NCI's Board of Directors respectfully expresses our support of the transfer of jurisdiction oversight of the West Lake Landfill to the United States Army Corps of Engineers' Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).

Transferring the jurisdiction oversight to FUSRAP will allow the true experts in this area to assess the site, provide action plans for the containment or remediation, and long-term management of the site. FUSRAP would be able to determine the safest and most appropriate containment measures for the radioactive materials found within the West Lake Landfill and then subsequently manage such containment.

For over a year now, the Pattonville Fire Protection District has been monitoring the activities on both the Bridgeton Landfill and West Lake Landfill, both owned by Republic Services, Inc. Both of these sites are adjacent to each other on a parcel of land that is between St. Charles Rock Road on the north, Earth City Business Park on the south and west, and a light industrial and residential mix to the east. The area is less than one half mile from Interstates 70 and 270, and one mile from the SSM DePaul Health Center Complex. Bridgeton Landfill is under regulatory oversight by Missouri Department of Natural Resources. West Lake Landfill is under the United States Environmental Protection Agency. West Lake, which contains two designated areas of radioactive contaminated soils, is designated within the EPA's National Superfund Priorities List. It is our understanding, the source of this radioactive contamination is from illegal dumping and transfer of radiological materials transferred from the other FUSRAP sites within the St. Louis metro area in the early 1970's.

The Pattonville Fire Protection District, functioning as the local authority having local jurisdiction for emergency response, has actively worked with Republic Services, local, state, and national agencies in the assessment and emergency management planning for these sites. Currently, the active smoldering event that is located in the Bridgeton Landfill, because of the geological makeup of the site, has been moving in a direction of the identified locations of radioactive impacted material. Our concern is that current testing by the EPA has identified that some of this radioactive material is being found outside the known limits of the contaminated areas.

There is a plan underway to build a dirt structure that would contain the smoldering event in the Bridgeton Landfill, and prevent it from reaching the radioactive impacted areas. We are not confident that this will prevent the radioactive impacted soils from being exposed to the smoldering event sometime in the future.

The digging of an isolation barrier to ensure that the sub-smoldering event of the Bridgeton Landfill would not come into contact with the radioactive materials found within the West Lake Landfill, has brought about the alarming discovery of additional radioactive materials outside of the known containment area. Which now brings forth the crucial question of where exactly the radioactive materials are in relation to the sub-surface smoldering event?

We base our request to transfer jurisdiction to the FUSRAP program on the following key points:

1. All other radioactive contaminated sites in the St. Louis Metro Area are contained within the FUSRAP program.
2. The unknown level of contamination to the area now under consideration.
3. Conflicting information on the extent of contamination based on data that is over fifty years old.
4. Lack of technical expertise to address the assessment of the radioactive site, with ability to remediate and manage the site for long-term safety to the public."

Read the full text of the House Concurrent Resolution No. 3 here.

Working with Missouri Council for the Blind on legislation

Members of the Missouri Council for the Blind recently visited Jefferson City in support of HB1278, which requires election authorities to make available at least one electronic voting machine per polling location for the blind. The current law only requires these machines on presidential slection years.

Supporting colon cancer awareness

Keith and Missouri house and state employees wore blue on Mar. 17 to promote colon cancer awareness.

More radioactive waste found at Bridgeton landfill

From STLtoday.com:

"State Rep. Keith English, D-Florissant, who has been actively monitoring the landfill, said: 'For many years, cities like Florissant have wanted these tests done.'

He credited a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general for prompting the landfill testing.

English has introduced a resolution in the Missouri House calling on Congress to transfer authority over the radioactive waste cleanup from the EPA to the Army Corps of Engineers’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program. About 65 state legislators have signed it, he said."

Read the full article here.

Read the full text of House Concurrent Resolution No. 3 here.

Rolling Stone reports on West Lake Landfill

“In February (2013), [Missouri State Representative Keith] English and 12 co-sponsors filed a resolution with the state assembly to transfer control of the site from the EPA to the Army Corps of Engineers' Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Actions Program (FUSRAP) – a proven success that has already cleared more than one million cubic yards of atomic waste from other sites in the St. Louis area, shipping the radioactive contaminants to safe disposal cells in Utah and Idaho.”

Read the full article here.

Read the full text of House Concurrent Resolution No. 3 here.

Mark Reardon interviews Keith on KMOX

The full interview can be found here.

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