The St. Louis County Health Department is preparing to launch a major survey of current and former residents along the Cold Water Creek in North County to determine if they’re suffering from higher levels of cancer and other health issues.
“This is the very first atomic waste in the world and we’re still suffering from it,” Byron Clemens said at a community meeting Thursday.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it has found low-level radiological contamination at three sites along Coldwater Creek in St. Louis County.
The big question asked by several: Why aren’t there signs, warning children and others to steer clear of the creek?
The council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night calling for more money for the Army Corps of Engineers to ramp up the effort.
Coldwater Creek was contaminated with nuclear waste after World War II.
Waste from atomic bomb production in downtown St. Louis was dumped in the creek in the 1940s
A Facebook survey of some three thousand people from the Coldwater Creek area of north county shows clusters of cancer and other illnesses some blame on nuclear waste once stored there.
Many residents of the area quickly dismissed a Missouri agency’s study which found no evidence of cancer cluster.
Cloudiness, elevated ph in creek