International Nuclear Waste Expert to Speak in Bridgeton Tonight
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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) - A former Department of Energy official in the Clinton Administration is expected to call for new action on the West Lake Landfill tonight in Bridgeton.
Nuclear waste expert Robert Alvarez, will call for the burning Bridgeton landfill mess to be transferred from the EPA to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Ed Smith with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment said the Army Corps could decide what to do without a lawsuit.
“If the EPA were to choose the most expensive thing, which is removing the radioactive waste, which is also the right thing to do, the responsible parties could tie that up in court for years,” said Smith.
Alvarez is also expected to layout just how radioactive the waste is that is buried at West Lake to argue it doesn’t belong in a populated area.
Smith said, “the Thorium in this landfill, which is a radioactive isotope, is 25-thousand times more toxic than it occurs in nature.”
Also at the meeting will be Washington University professor Dr. Bob Criss. Criss has challenged EPA Region 7′s claim that it’s only “leached barium sulfate” at the West Lake Landfill. More HERE.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 513 office at 3449 Hollenburg Dr., Bridgeton, Missouri 63044.