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DNR Won’t Test For Most Radiation at Bridgeton Landfill

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Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill (Photo: KMOX)

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill (Photo: KMOX)

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BRIDGETON, MO (KMOX) - A court-approved plan to dig up parts of a burning Bridgeton landfill and cap it with plastic continues Thursday.

Bridgeton resident and mother of three young children Dawn Chapman says the Missouri Department of Natural Resources told her by telephone no testing is being done for “alpha and beta radiation,” despite the fire’s proximity to buried nuclear waste.

“I don’t want my children exposed to any of this radiation,” she said. “You know, you can say it may or may not be above the ground but the point is it’s not supposed to be there. Children are not supposed to be inhaling radiation coming out of the landfill fire.”

State officials confirm to KMOX they are only testing for “gamma” radiation, not alpha and beta. The reason given is that alpha and beta monitoring requires different equipment and lab work which lasts weeks.

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