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EPA Agrees to Screen for Contamination at Bridgeton Athletic Complex

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Smoke and steam rise from the dig site at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill on May 23, 2013.
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Smoke and steam rise from the dig site at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill on May 23, 2013.
(Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) - A week after organizers moved a major little league tournament from a sports complex in Bridgeton for fear of radioactive contamination, the EPA has agreed to conduct screening for possible contamination at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

“It is unfortunate that the fear of possible contamination, based on unsubstantiated data, has resulted in cancellation of several leagues and major tournaments at BMAC,” Mayor Conrad Bowers said. “It is our hope that the testing being conducted by the EPA will affirm, as indicated in the past, that there is no health risk at the Bridgeton Municipal Complex and these fears.”

Fears of radioactive dirt were raised when a citizens group, armed with a $16,000 radiation scanner, announced some contaminated dirt was found near a drainage ditch at the ball field. The complex is about a mile from the West Lake Landfill, where nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project was dumped.

Bowers plans to hold a news conference with EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks to answer questions about the testing on May 9.

The screening will begin the week of May 19.

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