ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – The Environmental Protection Agency is testing homes for potential radiation in North St. Louis County, but some residents say they are not happy with how it’s being handled.
Neighborhood activist Dawn Chapman says residents in Bridgeton’s Spanish Village neighborhood were not given a warning about the testing.
Chapman also says the testing service the EPA is using does a lot of business with Republic Services, which owns the nearby radioactive West Lake Landfill.
And one of the neighbors whose home would be tested is suing Republic.
“EPA is going to bring in a contractor that has other contracts with the company that she’s suing for finding radiation in their home?” Chapman asks. “I mean that is a huge conflict of interest.”
KMOX received no response from the EPA after they were asked about those specific concerns.
Last month, a Bridgeton couple filed suit against Republic Services and other companies, claiming sampling conducted at their home found high levels of radioactive material.
“I am encouraged by the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to conduct testing for radioactive material in homes near the Bridgeton landfill,” said St. Louis County executive Steve Stenger in a statement. “However, I am troubled by reports that the EPA has not taken time to sit down with residents to address their concerns regarding the contractor and study protocols. These families have been living in fear for too long, and the EPA should listen to their concerns and take whatever steps necessary to start to rebuild their trust.”
The EPA says it’s testing a select number of homes for alpha, beta and gamma radiation. It will notify the homeowners and public once it’s reviewed all of its data.
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