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Jana Elementary is 'safe': Third party sides with Army Corps at school board meeting Tuesday night

The USACE said preliminary results showed no levels of radiation higher than "the level of radioactivity Mother Nature already provides."

FLORISSANT, Mo. — Parents and community members of Jana Elementary School heard the United States Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) and a third party's findings on radioactive contamination at the school during a regularly scheduled Tuesday night meeting. 

The big takeaway is that the third party sided with the USACE. 

5 On Your Side's Brent Solomon was live tweeting from the meeting. 

At about 8 p.m., the head of the Boston Chemical Data Corp addressed the board, standing behind its findings of high levels of radioactive contamination. 

The corporation said it is concerned about health risks to people at and around the school, based on its findings. The group said its methodology is similar to how the U.S. Department of Energy examines radioactivity.

The corporation also said when it conducted its sampling in August, the Hazelwood School District was supportive. They said its sample study is an ongoing process and the work continues. 

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On Nov. 9, the USACE said preliminary results of contamination testing at the school showed no levels of radiation higher than "the level of radioactivity Mother Nature already provides."

Jana Elementary School also shared a timeline outlining the sequence of events that happened between the USACE and the district.

Credit: Jana Elementary School
From 2016 until October 2022, the Army Corps of Engineers have been in communication with the district. Tuesday 5 On Your Side received that information from Jana Elementary School.

The USACE said students would be safe to return to Jana. The board will have to make that determination and the decision is not expected as of Tuesday night.

The USACE is also hosting a town hall meeting to present the results from sampling and testing at the school. 

The town hall will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. on Nov. 17. 

We are still waiting to hear from him for more details.

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