BRIDGETON, Mo. – Experts with the Environmental Protection Agency have completed five days of radiation testing at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.
A spokesperson for the EPA says experts collected data from 60,000 points along 45 miles of transecting lines across the 70-acre park, to screen for gamma radiation. More than 100 samples of soil were also taken to be tested for thorium, radium, and uranium. The soil sampling areas include coordinates at which citizens who conducted their own testing say they detected radiation.
Officials also took soil samples from nearby Blanchette and Koch parks to determine benchmarks for naturally-occurring radiation in the area. Those samples will be compared to the results of the testing at BMAC to determine if the athletic complex contains elevated levels of radiation.
All of the samples will be sent to a qualified laboratory for analysis, and results should be available in 30 to 60 days through the EPA's website.