Fact Vs. Fiction

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding West Lake Landfill. Missourians deserve to know the truth.

We are here to help separate the myths from facts.

Myth: Excavating West Lake Landfill is the best solution for the site.

Fact: Excavation would be long, dangerous and expensive. It would:

Myth: The radiological contaminants at the West Lake Landfill threaten public health and safety for the surrounding community.

Fact: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said there are no health risks to individuals living or working in the vicinity of West Lake Landfill. The CDC’s report adds to extensive scientific research by the EPA, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and various independent experts, who all conclude that the site is safe. Capping the site would ensure safety at the site, forever.

Myth: There is a fire at the nearby Bridgeton Landfill that could spread to the West Lake Landfill and explode.

Fact: There is no fire. A fire requires oxygen. There is a heat-producing chemical reaction — which causes waste to decompose more quickly than normal — occurring deep within the South Quarry of Bridgeton Landfill, where oxygen does not exist. The subsurface reaction is isolated, and it is being managed through a variety of containment efforts.

The radiological material disposed at West Lake Landfill is very low-level. Any uranium of value was extracted, or leached, twice from the material before it was disposed of at the site. Various scientists and academics agree that the material is neither explosive nor vulnerable to heat.

Myth: Transferring West Lake Landfill to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ FUSRAP program will accelerate a federal solution at the site.

Fact: Transferring West Lake Landfill to FUSRAP means more delays, and it shifts the up-front costs to American taxpayers.

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