EPA Updates Public on Cleanup Plans for West Lake Landfill

By on September 1, 2017

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Representatives of the regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency met with area residents Thursday night (Aug. 31) to provide an update on efforts to clean up the West Lake Landfill.

The meeting was the first public one in Bridgeton is the agency’s first with area residents in more than a year.

The EPA originally aimed to have a decision on a cleanup plan for the radiologically contaminated site identified by the end of 2016.

On Thursday, EPA officials, joined in Bridgeton by representatives of other state and federal agencies involved with the Superfund site, told residents that a decision on a cleanup strategy is at least several months away.

EPA officials say they have spent most of this year reviewing two documents prepared by the entities identified as “potentially responsible parties” ultimately liable for the site’s cleanup. Those entities include landfill operator, Republic Services; the U.S. Department of Energy; the energy corporation, Exelon, and its former subsidiary, Cotter Corp., a uranium mining company.

A revised version of one document — called a remedial investigation — aims to outline the site’s contamination, and was submitted to regulatory officials in June. Additional improvements have been requested by the EPA and other state and federal partners.

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