Radioactivity testing to begin at West Lake, Bridgeton landfills

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BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) _ Radioactive tests are set to begin Monday at the West Lake and Bridgeton landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency approved a testing plan to understand the scope of radioactive contamination at the landfills in Bridgeton. According to The St. Louis Post- Dispatch, West Lake Landfill was contaminated 40 years ago after a contractor for a uranium processing company illegally dumped waste there. The test will also look for contamination in part of the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.

Since the investigation began, Bridgeton residents expressed serious concerns about radioactive material that officials say was dumped at the landfill in the 1970s. They even asked Missouri Attorney General Koster to step in. And he did, asking the federal government EPA to get involved.

An estimated 43,000 tons of contaminated material were transported to West Lake. They're particularly interested in checking for dangerous material in a section between the West Lake Landfill and the Bridgeton Landfill.

The EPA says the test will help it decide whether to construct a barrier between the two landfills and whether to cover the waste or dig it up for disposal elsewhere.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com