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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KSDK) – The Environmental Protection Agency is setting up shop in the St. Louis area Monday night in order to get ready to start testing radioactive material at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

The tests were sparked by a private screening that found elevated levels of radiation in a drainage ditch at the complex. The testing begins on Tuesday.

The EPA is going to do surface scans on the ball fields and surrounding areas. They'll also do some soil sampling. It's the first time the agency has done any testing, even though in statements, the EPA has claimed the area is safe.

Department of Energy crews conducted soil sampling at a nearby intersection back in 1994. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources also did testing a year ago.

Neither of those tests were the type of in-depth soil samples the EPA is doing, and that knowledge has shaken some people's confidence in the EPA's claims.

The fields in question are still in use, but families may have more information about whether to continue allowing their kids to play on them when the test results come back in a couple weeks.

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