Kevin KilleenBy Kevin Killeen

BRIDGETON (KMOX) – For the first time, the EPA is being asked to contract directly with the Army Corps of Engineers to handle any and all remediation needed at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.

Activist Dawn Chapman, who lives next to the landfill, calls it a great development.

“The one thing this community has asked for over and over is a new set of eyes to look at the site,” she says. “The FUSRAP scientists who work at those sites are qualified to deal with the same material at West Lake. It’s all the same material from the Manhattan project, so they do have the expertise.”

FUSRAP stands for Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, created to clean or control sites in the U.S. contaminated by the nation’s early atomic energy programs.

The St. Louis congressional delegation, including senators McCaskill and Blunt and congressmen Clay and Wagner, sent the letter dated Feb. 28 to the Region 7 EPA administrator.

Supporters of the move hope the Army Corps will take more action to cleanup the site, rather than just contain it.

West Lake

02.28.14 West Lake Letter to EPA Region 7

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