Pattonville radiation within normal levels

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – On Wednesday, NewsChannel 5 reported about elevated radiation levels at Pattonville School District's baseball fields. The company that conducted the tests is saying their data was wrong.

The company hired by the district to test the soil at the athletic complex released a report that showed the baseball field had about four times the natural level of radiation. Now the firm is amending that report.

The firm now says the numbers are within normal levels and the data was wrong.

The testing was done because the school sits about two miles from the radioactive West Lake Landfill.

Even when the results showed elevated radiation at the baseball field, the level wasn't high enough for a government agency to get involved in the cleanup, and a health physicist we spoke with at the time said it was a slight concern but he would still let his son play on the field.

Another athletic complex is also making news. The Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex had testing done by the Environmental Protection Agency, checking for radiation.

The EPA told NewsChannel 5 Thursday that the fields are safe.


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