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EPA to test home near West Lake Landfill for radioactive contamination

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency will test for radioactive contamination at a home near a St. Louis County landfill, a Superfund site where illegally buried nuclear waste sits near an underground fire.

Meanwhile, Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague said Tuesday that the agency is not yet ready to announce remediation plans for the West Lake Landfill site in Bridgeton. Those plans were expected by December. No new timetable was given.

Cold War-era nuclear waste was buried at West Lake in the 1970s. Making matters worse, an underground fire has burned in recent years just a few hundred feet away at the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill.

Last week, a group of Bridgeton residents filed suit, claiming that sampling conducted at the home of Michael and Robbin Dailey found high levels of radioactive material.