Bridgeton landfill, West Lake landfill in distance. Taken Oct. 2015

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EPA May Go Deeper to Clean up West Lake

March 13, 2018 - 10:45 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The EPA's top man now saying they may dig deeper than originally planned to clean up the radioactive West Lake landfill in Bridgeton.


In an interview with the Post-Dispatch EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is quoted as saying that a final decision for West Lake could include digging up more than 67 percent of the site as first planned.  That's good news for Dawn Chapman of the Just Mom's group.

“In a perfect world we’d love for it to all go away and just zap it with a harry potter wand, but we also know that that’s just not always possible, and so we want them to be willing to get what they can,” she says.

At a public hearing in Bridgeton last week, a standing room only crowd told the EPA they don't want waste left behind that could seep into groundwater and contaminate the region's drinking supply.

“This administrator has his ear close to the ground and is listening to what the people living around and closest are saying and what we’re wanting, and I commend him for that,” Chapman says.