New concerns emerge over contaminated landfill, prompt lawmaker note

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

One of the companies involved in oversight of the contaminated West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton says some of the radioactive waste at the facility may have come from sources officials have yet to acknowledge.

The revelation has spurred a bipartisan group of the area’s congressional delegation, including Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and Reps. William Lacy Clay and Anne Wagner, to send a joint letter urging transfer of responsibility for landfill cleanup from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The company, Chicago-based Exelon Generation, has endorsed efforts to “understand all historical radiological material placed in the West Lake landfill.” Exelon retained liability for the landfill from Cotter Corp., a Colorado uranium producer it acquired in 1974, one year after the illegal waste was dumped.

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