ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – Instructions on what to do in the event of a radiological emergency have been prepared by St. Louis County – but there are no plans to widely distribute them to those living around the West Lake landfill.
The brochure, which does not mention the West Lake landfill, is based on a Centers for Disease Control brochure and marked “provided by St. Louis County.”
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Dawn Chapman, of the Just Moms landfill watchdog group, says it’s good to see the county is planning ahead about what to do if the landfill fire reaches the nuclear waste.
“You know, it explains where to go in your home should there be radiological, nuclear fallout,” Chapman says. “What rooms to go to, what you’re going to need. It talks about shutting of your AC. I mean, it really is a scary read.”
Chapman says she obtained a copy of the brochure from the St. Ann Business Association, with the understanding that copies of the brochure were going to be distributed to the public at a booth during a food truck fair planned in St. Ann this Sunday.
A spokesman for St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger confirms the St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management prepared the brochure based on a template from the CDC.
Spokesman Cordell Whitlock says the county has been invited to participate in the St. Ann event, but has not made a commitment to do so at this time.
Whitlock also says there are no plans for any mass mailings of the guidelines, but that a handful have been distributed to “residents who requested them.”
“If there is a radiation emergency, St. Louis County is fully prepared and fully committed to doing what we can on a local level,” Whitlock says.
Pattonville Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Matt LaVanchy has also seen the county guidelines, and praised them as “proactive.”
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