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Activists Won’t Rest Until Radioactive Waste Is Removed From West Lake

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Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill (Photo: KMOX)

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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - No rest for the weary.

Neighbors of Bridgeton’s burning landfill have no plans to rest, even though the landfill’s owner has promised to dig a trench between the burning underground fire and nuclear waste buried close by.

“By sheer force of numerous people calling in, and calling up elected officials we got this done,” activist Dawn Chapman said at a town hall meeting Thursday. “Now they’re ready to focus and start calling to get this waste out.”

Activist Kay Drey told the crowd that she would support putting a referendum on the ballot to force the EPA to remove the radioactive waste from the West Lake Landfill all together.

“Let the citizens decide if they want to have radioactive waste upstream from their drinking water intakes forever,” she added.

Recalling a ballot initiative about waste near the airport, in which 80-percent of city and county residents voted for removal — and it eventually was removed.

“If this catches on fire, if the radioactive waste catches on fire all of metropolitan St. Louis is going to suffer,” she said.

Some at the meeting did however expressed concern that, while digging the firebreak trench, radioactive material could be released into the air.

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