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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Comments (2)
  1. as pointed out numerous times on twitter: #WestlakeWhitewash. Its been how long? The EPA is just now testing houses? Hiring their own- people to do the work? I do not trust the EPA who will continue to hide the contamination.

  2. Susan Lorel says:

    This is one more slight for residents in Spanish Village and around the West Lake Landfill. Why has it taken a resident obtaining their own sampling and a lawsuit resulting from that contamination of their home to motivate the EPA to finally do home testing? The community group “Just Moms” and the residents have begged for testing and additional monitoring for over three years. The EPA coming in with their own contractors is just one more attempt at smoke and mirrors to hide the truth. Spanish Village needs an emergency declaration and a voluntary buyout. This is nothing short of another Times Beach or Love Canal.

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