Why is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holding back information on radioactive waste in the West Lake Landfill? Why have they not properly investigated it? Why have no criminal charges been filed against those responsible? Dr. Bob Criss, of Washington University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science, and Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, discuss many problems, including the possibility that an adjacent smoldering fire in underground garbage could move into the unlined radwaste dump. Republic Services has publicly accused Dr. Criss of “causing fear,” while EPA has claimed he is incorrect about flood risk and groundwater contamination.
Dr. Criss explains that location in a flood plain and earthquake zone could strongly affect radioactive releases. Radiation is known to increase the likelihood of leukemia 38-fold and decrease the proportion of male babies born. The waste in West Lake Landfill will actually increase its radioactivity for at least 9,000 years. What can citizens do to counter the lack of transparency by the EPA regarding waste from the first nuclear experiments and bombs? This Green Time (No. 443) features portions of “Big Picture: Atomic Battlefield.” It is produced by the Gateway Greens in conjunction with KNLC Channel 24. Call 314-727-8554 or contact [email protected] for info.
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