TV: Uranium used to make atomic bombs dumped in landfill with no cover near major U.S. city — Experts: Waste “is becoming more radioactive” — EPA: It’s safe, leave it there (VIDEO)

Published: January 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am ET


Title: EPA: Public is safe despite high levels of radioactive material at St. Louis landfill
Source: KSDK
Author: Leisa Zigman
Date: 12:14 AM, Jan 18, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip

About 200 North County residents squared off against EPA officials Thursday night over tons of illegally dumped radioactive material that is sitting on a flood plain.

The West Lake landfill in Earth City near Bridgeton [~20 miles outside St. Louis, Missouri] is filled with 8,700 tons of decaying uranium, thorium, and radium waste from the Manhattan project used to make the first atomic bombs. […]

The EPA wants to put a cover on the landfill and leave the radioactive material at West Lake […]

  • “Right now those areas are fenced off. People aren’t allowed on them and because people aren’t drinking the ground water there are no exposure pathways for people.” –EPA Project Manager Dan Gravatt
  • “I don’t accept your science, I don’t accept the data. Why did you pay those responsible for the clean-up to do the report? It’s like having students grade their own tests.” –Geo-chemist Bob Criss of Washington University
  • “As it decays, geochemists say it’s actually becoming more radioactive” –KDSK

Watch the broadcast here

Published: January 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am ET


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15 comments to TV: Uranium used to make atomic bombs dumped in landfill with no cover near major U.S. city — Experts: Waste “is becoming more radioactive” — EPA: It’s safe, leave it there (VIDEO)

  • pcjensen

    one word, one film, says it all: Idiocracy

  • Mack Mack

    In the video, a man says, "It's not our waste."

    He's right.

    It's not our waste but everyone pays for it with their money and their health.

    It's not safe. And it's everywhere.

    —> High-level waste:

    —> Not just nuclear power plants, also nuclear research and test reactors:

    —> World's reactors and waste:

    —> And this video called "Nightmare Nuclear Waste" is a HUGE eye-opener.

    It shows how waste is dumped into the oceans, shipped to Siberia, and how areas from Hanford to Europe are contaminated:!

    And as everyone knows, there's no way to really CLEAN it up.

  • many moons

    The "expert" mentions that as long as the people in the area are not drinking the water…it's all good…..hmmmm wonder if he's ever fallen into polluted water….or taken a bath or shower everyday with polluted water…wonder if he's ever heard of pores? hmmm
    One more ridiculous expert receiving funds to say ridiculous things….seems there is no end to them.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Have you ever seen a photo of a decommissioned reactor being pulled? Here is a pdf on the Big Rock Point NPP, with the photo of the pulled reactor on Page 3.
    Have you ever seen a sadder, more used-up piece of equipment? It was decommissioned in the 1990's, when the reactor and everything but 8 above-ground spent fuel storage casks was hauled away. Now my question would be: Where did it go, and where is it now?

  • jec jec

    HUM.And people wonder why EPA removed air monitors during the first months of Fukushima? Was it for Japan's radioactive debris.or EPA's? You cant have your cake and eat it too. The people in the St. Louis area should have air filters tested for radiation particles. Free testing at, just mail it in to the lab, you pay postage for your car or home/vacume air filter – but the testing is free. They email the results to you and update website so others can see results. Putting radioactive material in a floodplain is just stupid. Might as well just dump it directly into the Mississippi as its just a matter of time. Is the waste outside of the 100 yr flood plain? Oh..and wasn't the 100 yr flood level exceeded once at least recently? EPA-do your job, protect the citizens, not your JOBS! Gads there is a good place to start saving tax dollars, EPA administrators if they don't do their work..

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      The EPA and DOE see their jobs as supporting the nuclear power industry, defending utilities against the (baseless, they would say) noise and agitation of the public. They know the science (or so they believe) and the public knows only ignorant fear and emotion. They are the officials who constantly tell us:
      "Nothing to see here, please move along."
      Well, there is actually a lot to see here, and we will be staying right here, thank you very much!

      It was fools like this guy who let the Fukushima plume pass over the states of Washington, Oregon, California, etc., without so much as telling the kids to stay indoors during recess for several days.
      KIDS will die because of their inaction.
      They are NOT testing imported products and food for radioactive contamination.
      They are NOT testing Pacific Ocean Seafood for contamination.
      They do NOT tell the truth.
      Radiation is in the air, on the land (even on crop land well away from nuclear land fills), and in our food, and in imported cars and other products.
      One wonders: What other dangers are they not telling us about? 🙁

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Outrageous, simply outrageous. No, it's criminal imo.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    “As it decays, geochemists say it’s actually becoming more radioactive.”

    Everywhere the fallout spreads, as it decays, it will become more lethal.


  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    I found 4 waste dumps from CP-2/Manhattan Project experiments and plutonium processing for the bombs dropped on Japan in WWII withing 22 miles or less(much less!)from my home-that I'm going to post pics of the hand-pumped drinking water wells @ Red Gate Woods,C(r)ook County Forest Preserve Dist. that were deemed "safe" for human consumption for DECADES before the pump handles were removed and the bolt holes now "sealed" with blue,plastic zip-tie tags with numbers and EPA/NRC themed logos on the tags. The landfill/industrial waste dump that kept Summit,IL from being included in the areas where public recreational uses were/are encouraged except for that near where I lived for 40 of my 48 yrs. of life. The abandoned lime/sandstone quarries just SW of CP-2 filled with very deep water suspected of "hiding" perhaps the worst examples of "fly-dumping" I'd heard accounts of from people who took part in & whom I'm ashamed to even know them now since learning how serious even small amounts of long-lived,supertoxic,drums of foulness were mishandled & dumped by unqualified personnel and which finds its way into our drinking water & plants grown & raised in the area(s) that can't logically be deemed "safe" under ANY circumstances! I'm actively taking pics,radiation measurements in ALL of the mediums it HAS or is expected to display data that justify the concern of those who had believed their BS (like me)and used the wells to wash my 69 GTO,etc. & DRANK it as well!(?)~ :(…


      worthy project Johnny Blade. Just be careful in not attracting undue attention to your work. These people are murderers (in more ways than most would want to know) and now have the means to 'disappear' any of us, with impunity. Become as invisible as that which they're hiding…

    • SnorkY2K

      Graves at the on-campus Iowa State University cemetery that were used for disposing Manhattan project waste generated in Ames Iowa were cleaned up in the 80's. Strange having class down the street from a large number of people in extreme environmental suits.