A new document from from the EPA indicates it is feasible to remove radioactive wastes from the West Lake Landfill. MCE also believes the document justifies the need for Congress to pass legislation that will put the Corps of Engineers in charge at the landfill. Another document from the landfill owner says the smoldering fire could last until at least 2024. It started smoldering in 2010. It's time for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to implement a permanent, voluntary relocation program for people living within one mile of the landfill. People living closest to the landfill have lost their quality of life due to the odors while the long-term health implications to chronic exposure of landfill gas emissions are not known.
Here's how you can help:
1) Call right now.
Senator Blunt & Senator McCaskill helped unanimously pass FUSRAP legislation in February of 2016. Now we need you to contact Chairman Upton & Congressman Pallone of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Ask them to pass HR 4100 immediately so the Corps of Engineers can get to work at the West Lake Landfill.
The St. Louis Army Corps of Engineers Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) needs to be put in charge of the West Lake Landfill immediately. The Corps is right for the job because:
West Lake Landfill deserves a much needed second opinion after years of mistakes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund program.
West Lake should have always been a FUSRAP site. The legislation fixes the intentional omission of the site from FUSRAP by the Department of Energy in 1990.
The Corps of Engineers has the technical expertise and track record for the safe cleanup of radioactively contaminated sites in the St. Louis metro area as well as expertise in cleaning up radioactive landfills in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
The Corps of Engineers is already familiar with the site through current inter-agency agreements with EPA Region 7, which will make for a smooth transfer of jurisdiction.
The Corps' FUSRAP office is local and therefore more accessible to the community it's serving.
Federal legislation has transferred radioactive sites to FUSRAP in the past where inter-agency agreements and Memorandums of Understanding resolved issues between government agencies.
2) Sign up to volunteer with phonebanking and bird-dogging or to attend a prayer vigil.
Click here if you are interested in volunteering to ask Attorney General Koster and Governor Nixon to relocate the people around the landfill.
Click here if you are interested in volunteering to ask EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to relocate people around the landfill.
Click here if you are interested in volunteering to ask your Senators and Representatives to pass HR4100 before July 15th and put the Army Corps of Engineers in charge of the West Lake Landfill.
3) Ask our elected officials to put the Army Corps of Engineers in Charge of the Radioactive Wastes at West Lake Landfill.
Our federally elected officials know the Corps has invaluable expertise in handling radioactive material. That's why they sent the EPA a letter in February and July of 2014 requesting the Corps be involved at the site. Now it's time for our federally elected officials to put the Army Corps of Engineers in charge of the final decision regarding the removal of the radioactive wastes at the West Lake Landfill.
Support for the Army Corps of Engineers includes:
St. Louis County Council (unanimous, bipartisan support)
- St. Charles County Council (unanimous, bipartisan support)
- Pattonville School District
- Pattonville Fire Protection District
- DePaul Hospital SSM
- North County Incorporated
- City of Bridgeton
- City of Black Jack
- Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (district includes the West Lake Landfill)
- Representative Bill Otto (district includes the West Lake Landfill)
- Representative Keith English
- Former St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley
- Franciscan Sisters of Mary
- Sisters of Divine Providence (St. Louis Province)
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (St. Louis Province)
- Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Kirkwood)
- Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O'Fallon)
- Dominicans of Sparkill, NY (Sisters in St. Louis)
- Just Moms STL
- Missouri Coalition for the Environment
- School Sisters of Notre Dame
- Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
- Adorers of the Blood of Christ
- The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus