From the “you can’t make this stuff up” file comes another gem from Missouri State Senator, Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
Just when I was about to give her kudos for doing what Republicans, in this state, have been derelict in giving their response/attention to, she plays the race card and, once again, dashes any hopes one might have for getting someone to actually help the people of St. Louis County with a little nuclear waste problem that has been killing people for decades.
You see, for a very long time, residents of several north county neighborhoods have been fighting big government to help them with cleanup of known nuclear waste sites, which have been known to cause illness, birth defects and death in the area. Various storage sites have leaked into rivers, creeks and even one underground storage site is dangerously close to being ignited due to an underground fire.
St.LToday:Construction on a barrier between an underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill and radioactive materials in the adjacent West Lake Landfill has been delayed, and federal lawmakers are asking why.
“We remain concerned by the lack of a clear timeline for completion of the proposed isolation barrier,” reads a recent letter to the Environmental Protection Agency signed by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Reps. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, and Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin.
Karl Brooks, regional administrator for the EPA, said in February that construction on the dirt-filled trench “should begin soon.” The EPA then announced in March that construction would start within 90 days, or by the end of June. The Army Corps of Engineers has been tapped to help the EPA with the project aimed at keeping the fire from spreading. “Their professionals are working closely with us to ensure the final decision on the isolation barrier is comprehensive,” said EPA spokesman Curtis Carey.Cold War-era nuclear waste was dumped illegally at the site about 40 years ago and was previously thought to be contained in West Lake Landfill. But preliminary results from an EPA survey released this year showed radioactive materials potentially reaching into the north section of the Bridgeton landfill. The underground fire is in the south section and has burned for more than three years. The question of radioactive materials beyond the original perimeter delayed the decision the barrier’s placement.