February 23 St. Louis Update
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES AGREE: THE TRUTH ABOUT ST. LOUIS’ HISTORY WITH TOXIC AND CARCINOGENIC RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WILL BE CONFIRMED BY SOLID SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
After an historic filing of class action suits in St. Louis County this week by residents, property owners and businesses, which seek redress for health and property losses related to decades of public exposure to radiocative toxic carcinogens, Bridgeton Landfill, LLC released this statement of continuing denial to the press:
“Sound science must govern any discussion about community safety and the remediation of West Lake Landfill. The suit is without merit and we will defend against it vigorously in court. Federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. EPA and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services have all concluded, through years of study and true science, that the Landfill poses no risk to people outside the Landfill’s property. U.S. EPA also concluded that the radiologically impacted material has not migrated offsite. Any additional questions regarding the West Lake Landfill should be directed to EPA Region 7.”
“It is time the guilty parties and the government stop lying regarding the nature and extent of the damage caused by Bridgeton Landfill and Republic Services in the past. Statements like those issued above are only meant to confuse the public and delay the inevitable accountability of these actors to the victims,” said Lead Attorneys for the Plaintiffs Ryan Keane and Anthony Gray. “These important cases will indeed be settled by science.”
Since 2014, scientific teams led by Dr. Marco Kaltofen of Boston Chemical Data and paid for by the philanthropy of Kay Drey have studied this disaster and radioactive materials in the St. Louis and the northwest St. Louis environment, said Mr. Keane. Dr. Kaltofen is a renowned environmental engineer whose work has previously been certified by class actions in federal and other courts for its acumen and methodology. Dr. Kaltofen said radioisotope testing and microscopic X-ray analyses have been conducted and professionally published approximately 200 samples from the impacted zones, including results for West Lake Landfill, Coldwater Creek areas, and the St. Louis waterfront. Dr. Kaltofen said all testing methods are authored or approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Department of Energy.
A statement by Dr. Kaltofen to the legal team representing the plaintiffs said they have collected samples from Bridgeton, Missouri, and surrounding communities where radioactive materials appear to have been spread and used as fill in the impacted areas outlined in the two filed class actions.
“Documentation shows that at least four local trucking firms moved radioactive materials in and around the area. The residential locations tested appear to be sites where radioactive material appears to have been diverted before reaching its final burial site at the municipal landfill in Bridgeton. The reason is simple—these radionuclides have a high atomic number and are therefore very heavy. This data is included in our peer-reviewed published article, Tracking legacy radionuclides in St. Louis, Missouri, via unsupported 210Pb, Marco P.J. Kaltofen, Robert Alvarez, Lucas Hixson, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity (2016) 104e111. link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26741397,” writes Dr. Kaltofen.
He also said other key data are located in these sources:
“Forensic microanalysis of Manhattan Project legacy radioactive wastes in St. Louis, MO”, Marco P.J. Kaltofen, Robert Alvarez, Lucas Hixson, Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes, accepted February 2018 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2018.02.020)
“There is no debating the fact that scientists have proven over and over again in peer reviewed studies that there are highly toxic carcinogenic materials throughout St. Louis County due to decades of intentional profit-seeking in total violation of state laws and regulations. They have trampled on our human and civil rights,” said Civil Rights Attorney Gray. “Our families and citizens have a right to know the facts so that their suffering can be addressed.”
Interested citizens and property owners are urged to visit stlouisradvictims.com or coldwatervictims.com or call Mr. Keane and Mr. Gray at (800) LAW-2620.
Dr. Kaltofen invites media inquiries here:
Marco Kaltofen, PhD, PE (Civil, MA), C. NSE
Boston Chemical Data Corp.
2 Summer Street, Suite 14
Natick, MA 01760
Affiliate Research Engineer
Nuclear Science and Engineering Program
Dept. of Physics
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
cell. (508) 259-6717
Link to this release about the class actions:
Links to the court filings:
Link to the maps of the impacted areas:
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