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February 13, 2018

St. Louis nuke landfill will cost $236M to clean up

By JIM SALTER and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to clean up radioactive waste at a suburban St. Louis landfill by removing most of the Cold War-era nuclear material and capping the rest, the agency said last week.

The announcement of the $236 million project ends years of wrangling over what to do with radioactive material illegally dumped more than 40 years ago at West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, material that sits dangerously close to a smoldering underground fire at an adjacent landfill. An earlier remediation plan to cap the entire radioactive site with rock, clay and soil, announced a decade ago, was scrapped amid strong local opposition.


 
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