Fire burning next to buried nuclear waste near St. Louis — Officials: Measurements of radioactivity ‘have not reached levels of concern’ (VIDEO)

Published: May 8th, 2013 at 1:54 am ET
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KMOV, May 7, 2013: Residents living near the Bridgeton landfill are being given a choice to relocate to nearby hotels while work is done at the landfill to attempt to reduce the odor. […] To fight the odor that will come from the project, workers at the landfill are looking at installing misting systems to deodorize during work. […]

St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 8, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): The most recent air quality data from the state Department of Natural Resources showed a potential short-term health risk from high levels of hydrogen sulfide […] Measurements of radioactivity and carbon monoxide have not reached levels of concern, according to the agency. […] High temperatures have been recorded in the southern section, 1,200 feet from […] West Lake [landfill], which contains nuclear waste from atomic bomb production. State officials have said the possibility of a fire reaching the radioactive materials is remote. […]

WSJ, April 17, 2013: In Bridgeton, Mo., an ongoing fire at Republic’s landfill has caused an explosion and months of noxious fumes. The fire is burning next to buried radioactive nuclear waste. The Missouri Attorney General has announced a lawsuit against Republic to force it to correct its environmental violations […]

Nurse at the Physicians Surgery Center at DePaul Health Center: “Is it just smelly trash, or is it really a dangerous chemical? I just want to know what’s in the air.”

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14 comments to Fire burning next to buried nuclear waste near St. Louis — Officials: Measurements of radioactivity ‘have not reached levels of concern’ (VIDEO)

  • The burning landfill, first cited in 2010:

    http://www.moenviron.org/index.php/program-areas/safe-energy-program/westlake

    –is NW of and on the #270 belt line around St. Louis, while the Weldon Spring site (see below) is another 10 miles into the suburbs. Let's keep these factors in mind when we see radiation reports from that area.

    > http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/24/us/mountain-of-nuclear-waste-splits-st-louis-and-suburbs-888.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    > http://www.andrewtheising.com/2012/07/urban-wasteland-nuclear-legacy-of-st-louis-and-the-metro-east-by-dr-denise-degarmo/

    > http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=2358 (scroll 1/4 way down)

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    "Measurements of radioactivity and carbon monoxide have not reached levels of concern, according to the agency."

    I am really tired of them deciding what level of radiation exposure we should be "concerned" about. Tell us the levels, give numbers. I'll decide what is best for myself and my family, that is not any government agencies business.

    • m a x l i

      I will try and help you to find your way around the units of measurement in nuclear science:
      1 no level of concern = 2.54 little
      1 little = 5 harmless
      1 harmless = 1.2 tiny
      1 tiny = 0.02 no immediate danger
      1 no immediate danger = 16 mildly radioactive
      1 mildly radioactive = 0.5 bananas
      1 banana = 1 it's all natural

      Any more questions?

      • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

        That makes sense. Instead of milicuries, and roentgen and all that, why not just make all measurements in bananas?

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        You just made me shoot coffee out of my nose a little, thanks, I'm awake now.

        • m a x l i

          @16Penny, sorry about the coffee! I hope you are better now. What we can learn from your experience is: Even levels of radiation, that are of 'no concern' for some, could lead to fatalities in many unforeseen ways.

          But now seriously: This "measurement of radioactivity have not reached levels of concern" example (like many examples you find here daily on ENENEWS) demonstrates that something is broken in society. There are a few people 'up there' and the many people 'down here'. The upper ones can do what they like and are exempt from accountability and treat the lower ones like children. We are too little and dumb to understand the facts, so we don't need the facts. They feed us the facts in a form and shape we can swallow. They decide and tell us what is good for us. We have to obey and not to ask questions.

          Instead of an exchange and flow of information in all directions, we mostly have one-way propaganda via mass media. It is frustrating that we almost never can voice our doubts or questions. Such a "radiation of no concern" remark makes only sense when they 1. know the amount of radiation (in numbers and units) and 2. know WHEN it becomes of concern. If we could ask, it would become obvious they don't have answers neither to 1. or 2., but are only telling convenient lies in order to not hurt the industry.

      • Arizonan Arizonan

        This is hysterical!!! Should be reposted everywhere….too funny.

    • Lion76 Lion76

      Who in the hell really thinks "long term" anymore anyway? Well, aside from myself and many enenewsers, that is. And what happens when it DOES reach a "level of concern" ??? Have we ever seen ANY reaction to any level of concerns? (see Fukushima, BP, etc)

  • many moons

    It never will reach a level of concern…because they are not concerned about us….live, die or suffer…just generate/liberate some money doing it.

  • yellowrain

    hi m a x l i

    could you please elaborate. I got up to 1 banana but am looking for information on when it equals between 1 toe xray up to 1 chest xray. thanks Bill God save us all

    and yes its only odor there must be another chart for when odor becomes escaping gases of untold toxicity.

    • m a x l i

      @yellowrain, I am not fully sure I understand your problem, but bananas or x-rays do not help against toe odour. Instead apply hydrogen oxide once daily!

  • The level of public tolerance for these types of well-known threats is discouraging. No wonder the government and the nuclear industry don't seem to be too worried about political repercussions.

    Now we have another set of issues for concern: Lack of discipline and competence among US Air Force officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles.

    Seventeen US Air Force nuclear officers have been stripped of authority after years of poor performance, violation of the rules, and undiscipline. The group's commander says it is suffering from "rot within its ranks".

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/05/nuclear-news-us-air-force-removes-17.html