BRIDGETON, Mo. (KSDK) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley wants the Army Corps of Engineers to oversee cleanup of the West Lake Landfill.
Right now, it's under jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency. In the letter, Dooley says the health department has been monitoring the landfill, and is concerned about radioactive materials.
Dooley argues that the Army Corps should supervise the clean-up, since the materials buried there came from other, nearby sites already under the Corps' jurisdiction.
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Administrator Brooks:
I am writing to you to express my support transferring jurisdiction of the West Lake Landfill to the United States Army Corps of Engineers Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program.
The St. Louis County Department of Health has been monitoring the West Lake Landfill and continues to be concerned about the presence of radioactive materials at that location. Since these materials are the result of transfers from other FUSRAP sites in the St. Louis metropolitan area, the proposed change of jurisdiction from the United States EPA to FUSRAP would be in keeping with equal treatment of all of these potentially hazardous materials.
It is my belief that the inclusion of the West Lake Landfill in FUSRAP is the most appropriate mechanism for the safe management of the radioactive materials at this location.
Charlie A. Dooley