Geochemist Highly Critical of Weldon Spring Report
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St. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - A state report finds a radioactive waste dump posing no leukemia threat to St. Charles County residents, but a Washington University geochemist says don’t believe everything you read.
Dr. Robert Criss says the report is bogus, and notes that the Department of Health omitted the zip code, 63368, closest to the Weldon Spring waste dump. “If they were looking at zip codes, to include in the report of this kind, if that was an oversight, they should all be fired,” said Criss.
Criss said the report also compares current cancer numbers to mid-century statistics, even though St. Charles County population has grown by seven times. And Criss calls it a “crock” that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services won’t release statistics on leukemia cases by zip code.
Criss said the Department dilutes the numbers further by including every corner of the county, and refusing to break those numbers down by zip code.
From 1957 to 1966, the Atomic Energy Commission purchased part of the property and processed uranium ore.
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