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The City of Bridgeton is concerned and aware of the ongoing problems resulting from the Republic Landfill. The City of Bridgeton does not regulate or have authority over Republic Services and operation and management of the Landfill. All governing agencies on the County, State, and Federal level are working with Republic Services to resolve any issues as quickly as possible. Please click for the most up-to-date information from the EPA, Missouri Dept of Natural Resources, and Republic Services websites. You may also call toll-free at 1-855-807-2387 for any questions or concerns.

 

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BMAC Final Report
Posted Date: 7/31/2014

The City of Bridgeton is pleased to announce the EPA has released the final comprehensive report for the surface gamma radiation screening and soil sampling for the BMAC The report confirms the facility is safe for use.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, Kansas 66219

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations

Final Report on Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex Shows Facility is Suitable for Public Use; No Further Action Needed

Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov

Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Lenexa, Kan., July 31, 2014) – A final comprehensive report of scientific surface gamma radiation screening and soil sampling of the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) in Bridgeton, Mo., shows the facility is suitable for public use and requires no further environmental response, EPA Region 7 announced today.

“Local residents and visitors can be assured that a thorough scientific survey and review process has confirmed that the public can continue to gather and play at BMAC, and that no additional environmental action is warranted for this facility,” EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said.

EPA announced on May 9, 2014, that it would conduct the BMAC investigation in response to citizen concerns. The survey, which was conducted from May 19 to May 23, involved a surface screening for gross gamma radiation detection, which included analysis of data collected from more than 58,000 surface points, and the collection and analysis of more than 100 surface soil samples.

To help determine if any detections of radiation at BMAC were consistent with those found naturally in the area’s environment, EPA conducted soil sampling at nearby Koch and Blanchette parks. Analysis of soils sampled at BMAC was consistent with soils at the parks.

Samples of surface soils at BMAC were collected from infield areas, outfield areas, grassy areas outside of playing fields, and from drainage areas. EPA also worked with the community group that screened areas of the complex earlier this year to identify the areas where they collected soil samples, so that EPA could collect soil samples from the same locations.

All of EPA’s collected soil samples were sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. The samples were checked for a range of radionuclides, including Thorium-230, Uranium-238, Radium-226, Lead-210, and others. The final report noted no detections at levels of concern to human health.

Full text of the final BMAC survey report is available for review on EPA Region 7’s website: www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/pdf/bridgeton-final-pre-cerclis-screening-report-bmac.pdf

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Posted Date: 7/30/2014

To the CAG Executive Committee,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 thanks the West Lake Landfill Superfund
Site Community Advisory Group (CAG) Executive Committee for its July 20, 2014, e-mail regarding this
agency’s work at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) during the week of May 19, 2014.
The EPA continues its vital efforts to protect the entire Bridgeton community through its work at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site.

Although our primary focus continues to be on the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site, we would like to
pause for a moment to provide details for the record on the work we performed at BMAC.

As you know, EPA Region 7 has consistently stated that based on all available scientifically valid data BMAC remains suitable for use. EPA Region 7 agrees with the Executive Committee that all data must be made available at the earliest possible time and be held to the highest industry standards before acceptance. Each step of the way through our assessment of BMAC, we’ve cited and provided rigorous scientific evidence supporting the decisions and recommendations we’ve made.

EPA’s statements about the usability of BMAC were based on a valid, scientific foundation which EPA
shared with the community. All statements regarding BMAC by EPA Region 7 were based on the body
of evidence, which was made public at the time, and in so doing this agency has fulfilled its obligation to ensure that accurate information was available to the public.

Specifically, the agency would like to note the following facts that are useful for the record:

Read full statement here.


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BMAC Surface Screen Results
Posted Date: 6/26/2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, Kansas 66219

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations

Results of Surface Radiation Screening Suggest Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex Remains Suitable for Public Use

Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov

Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Lenexa, Kan., June 26, 2014 – Results of a scientific surface gamma radiation screening of the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) in Bridgeton, Mo., suggest the multi-purpose outdoor recreational facility remains suitable for public use, EPA Region 7 announced today.

“EPA’s analysis of data collected from more than 58,000 surface points across BMAC suggests no levels of gamma radiation that would pose public health concerns for users of this facility,” EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said. “This was a thorough scientific survey, coupled with meticulous review and quality control checks of the data.”

EPA announced on May 9, 2014, that it would conduct the BMAC screening in response to citizen concerns. The screening, which began on May 19, included a surface screening using a sodium iodide detector that traveled approximately 45 miles of transecting lines across BMAC, as well as the collection of more than 100 surface soil samples from locations throughout the complex.

To help determine if any detections of radiation at BMAC were consistent with those found naturally in the area’s environment, EPA conducted gamma screening at nearby Koch and Blanchette parks. Analysis of the surface readings at BMAC found gamma radiation levels comparable to those at the other two parks.

EPA expects validated results from the BMAC soil sampling data by the end of July. Samples of surface soils were collected from infield areas, outfield areas, grassy areas outside of playing fields, and from drainage areas. EPA also worked with the community group that screened areas of the complex earlier this year to identify the areas where they collected soil samples, so that EPA could collect soil samples from those same locations. All of EPA’s collected soil samples were sent to a certified laboratory for analysis.

The BMAC surface gamma radiation screening report will be available later today on EPA Region 7’s website: http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/index.htm

EPA also will publicly share the final report of the BMAC soil sampling analysis at the same website, and through news and social media, when it becomes available.

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EPA Press conference from May 9th, 2014

 

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EPA Statement 5-7-2014
Posted Date: 5/7/2014

EPA to Conduct Radiation Screening at BMAC
Today, Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers announced that EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks has initiated preparations to conduct radiation screening at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) starting the week of May 19, 2014. During the course of the past week, Dr. Brooks and Mayor Bowers held a series of conversations about bringing in the EPA’s technical and scientific experts to conduct radiation screening at BMAC.

In making his decision, Dr. Brooks concluded that while all validated data available to the agency support continued use of the site, EPA should do the screening in the interest of resolving public concerns generated by residents using donated radiation detection equipment. In a May 3 editorial the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted there are considerable questions over “the quality of testing by Bridgeton residents that led to the latest outcry.”

EPA doesn’t know if the instrument used by the individuals was calibrated or operating properly; we don’t know if trained people were operating the instrument; we don’t know if a quality assurance project plan was used or if standard operating procedures were followed. These factors affect the usability of the information. The EPA’s decision to screen reflects its interest in ensuring the scientific integrity of information used by the public to make decisions about activities in Bridgeton as it relates to the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site.

While EPA balances many competing demands each day one thing that tips the scale in every case is the agency’s responsibility to protect public health using validated scientific inquiry and exacting engineering standards.

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EPA Statement on West Lake Landfill 4-30-2014
Posted Date: 5/1/2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations

Statement from EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks on West Lake Landfill

Contact Information: Ben Washburn, 913-551-7364, washburn.ben@epa.gov

(Lenexa, Kan., April, 30, 2014) – On April 29, I received a letter from Missouri Attorney General Koster suggesting that EPA conduct off-site soil sampling for radiological material associated with the leached barium sulfate waste buried at West Lake landfill. EPA appreciates the Attorney General’s recommendation.

One concern in the Attorney General’s letter references haul routes that were used to bring the radiological material to West Lake landfill. It is important to note that soil sampling has already been conducted along the haul route from the Hazelwood Interim Storage Site (HISS) to West Lake landfill. This testing was conducted by the St. Louis U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FUSRAP in support of their 2005 Record of Decision (ROD) for the North St. Louis County sites. A total of 231 samples were collected and analyzed by FUSRAP for Radium-226, Thorium-230, Thorium-232, and Uranium-238. None of the samples collected exhibited radionuclide concentrations exceeding the proposed surface and subsurface soil remediation goals identified in that Record of Decision.

Region 7 last Friday received information from Dawn Chapman, a Bridgeton resident, which suggested a potential radiation detection off-site at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex. The individuals collected the soil from a drainage ditch and not from the ball fields. Usefulness of the information provided by Ms. Chapman is limited due to the lack of a quality assurance/quality control plan that was used during the collection and testing of the soil.

Radiation occurs naturally in our environment and is found in granite countertops, canary glass and other antiques like watches, which in most cases do not pose harmful exposure risks. For more details see: http://www.epa.gov/radtown/index.html.

EPA is carefully reviewing the information provided by Ms. Chapman. It should be emphasized that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) conducted scientifically valid radiation dust sampling near the ball fields in 2013. The results of this testing show that the area remains uncontaminated from the radiologically impacted material (RIM) located in West Lake landfill and the ball fields are suitable for use. The results of the state’s sampling are available in the West Lake Landfill Radiological Survey Report, dated May 16, 2013, and available at the MDNR website at: https://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/fedfac/documents/2013-5-16-westlake-rad-survey-reportl.pdf

All validated information available to the state of Missouri and EPA indicates RIM remains confined to the site and that the site is currently protective of public health.

EPA continues to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide oversight of the development of the work plans for the responsible parties’ construction of the Isolation Barrier and continues to work towards the selection of a long-term remedy for the site. As the EPA continues developing our work plans we’ll assess all available data and make determinations that will address any remaining testing requirements.


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