After years of frustration and concern from neighbors in the suburban St. Louis community of Bridgeton, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided on a strategy for cleaning up radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill Superfund site.
The plan will cost about $30 million less and be completed one year sooner than a plan proposed earlier this year.
The proposal follows years of heated debate. Neighbors have called for full excavation of the site and remote disposal of the waste — the most expensive cleanup option — while the companies responsible for its remediation have argued for caps on their costs.
The plan chosen falls between those two extremes and closely resembles a plan unveiled in February. It will involve excavation between 8 and 20 feet below the landfill’s surface. Officials say that will remove about 70 percent of radioactive material at a cost of about $205 million.
Several public and private entities deemed “potentially responsible parties” will shoulder some share of that cost. The entities include Republic Services, the U.S. Department of Energy and Exelon Corp.
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