BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – The EPA today starts testing around the Bridgeton ballfields in an effort to ease the fears of parents.

They may not be able to ease those fears, though. Some people are still unsatisfied that the EPA won’t test a nearby drainage ditch that’s apparently a play area for kids.

But, beginning today, a team will test for gamma radiation “fence to fence” within the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

“The primary focus here is to make sure that the play areas and the access pointsthe walkways and the concession areashave been screened, and we know the condition of the gamma radiation there,” says EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks.

He dismisses tests done by a citizens group.

“Of course American citizens have the right to be concerned,” Brooks says. “Of course they have the right to do this kind of work. Absolutely, they have the right to do that. But the information generated did not follow any of the accepted scientific or engineering protocols.”

The tests should take a week, but we won’t know the results for a month or more.

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