BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – The Westlake Bridgeton Landfill Community Advisory Group has lost its faith in EPA testing for contamination. The group announced its concerns during a Monday night meeting.
CAG (Community Advisory Group) chairman Doug Clemens said the EPA failed to adequately test for contamination around Bridgeton ball fields commonly known as BMAC.
EPA Region 7 spokesman Ben Washburn said his agency is a scientific authority in the field and has the tools necessary to do the testing.
He said initial test results show the fields are, “suitable for play.”
Some citizens question the EPA’s methods for testing. Citizens hired their own company to conduct testing that found potentially dangerous levels of lead.
The CAG is asking for the U.S. Army Corps to conduct testing. A letter signed by U.S. Senators McCaskill and Blunt and U.S. Representatives Clay and Wagner asks the EPA to do more to restore residents’ faith.
Washburn said the EPA is in the process of responding to that letter.
One of the citizens who helped form a group known as Just Moms STL said she’s frustrated over trying to determine whether her neighborhood is safe.
“We’re asking for adequate testing to tell us what we live around to tell us what’s in our community,” said Dawn Chapman. “That’s the bottom line.”