1980-09-25 – MDNR – West Lake Landfill – Source of Contamination in Area 2 is unknown at this time

1980-09-25-mdnr-west-lake-landfill-source-of-contamination-in-area-2-is-unknown-at-this-time

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SEP 2 5 1980
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Date: September 25, 1980
To: Robert J. Schreiber. through Richard F. Rankin
From: Burt McCuiiough
Subject: Westlake Landfill
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On Wednesday, September 4, 1980 I joined officials from the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission in an on-site inspection of Westlake Landfill.
The purpose of this trip was to give representatives from Radiation
Management Corporation, who has been awarded a bid to do extensive
surveys of the area, the opportunity to become familiar with the site.
It was determined from an aerial survey that there are two areas
within the landfill which are emitting abnormally high levels of
radiation; The Southernmost area is the result of the burial of
contaminated Barium Sulfate Slags from the Mallinkrodt area of
Destrelen Street Uranium processing plant. The Northernmost area of
contamination borders onto neighboring farmland. The reason for
its elevated gamma radiation is-unknown at this time. The report
which will be done by Radiation Management Corporation should answer
this question.
Westlake Landfill is a large facility. About 48,000 pounds of leachate
per day are shipped by tank truck to St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer
District to be treated.
Geological reports indicate that groundwater flows Northeast from the
landfill into the Missouri River alluvium.
Information which has been printed in newspapers on the radiological
aspects of Westlake Landfill has not necessarily been accurate.
CC: Fred Lafser
Ron Kucera
David Bedan
r’Kbbbie Robinson
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SUPERFUND RECORDS
Joseph P. Teosdale Governor
Fred A. Lafser Director
Division of Environmental Quality
Robert J. Schreiber Jr., P.E. Director
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