1988-10-25 – MDNR – West Lake Landfill – Letter to EPA requesting determination of Hazard Ranking Score


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I’.O. Box 176
Jefferson City. MOdSI()2
October 25, 1988
Mr. David Wagoner, Director
Waste Management Division
U.S. EPA Region VII
726 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
Dear Mr. Wagoner:
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Conmission (NRC) staff recently released
a report (NUREG-1308, June, 1988) on the radioactive wastes at the
Westlake Landfill in St. Louis County, Missouri.
In the report the NRC staff concludes that “(1) measures must be
taken to establish adequate permanent control of the radioactive
waste and to mitigate the potential long term impacts from its
existing storage conditions and (2) the information developed is
inadequate for a determination of several important issues, i.e.,
whether mixed wastes are involved, and whether on-site disposal is
practical technologically, and, if so, under what alternative
methods.” However, the report does not indicate whether the NRC will
take any further action at the site and informal communication with
the NRC staff indicates that NRC does not intend to take further
The suggestion has been made by a number of state and local officials
and citizen’s groups that the U.S. Department of Energy should
undertake action at the site under the Formerly Utilized Sites
Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). However, a letter from DOE was
received by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on
October 30, 1987 which states that [‘the DOE has reviewed the
possibility of the Westlake Landfill being designated as a FUSRAP
site and has concluded, based on the criteria used to designate
FUSRAP sites, that the Westlake Landfill is not eligible for
consideration as a FUSRAP site. The radioactive waste was under
Nuclear Regulatory Commission license when it was brought to the
landfill and, consistent with current DOE policy, would not be
disposed of at a DOE site.”
Mr. David Wagoner
October 25, 1988
Page 2
Since no further activity is planned at the site by either the NRC or
the DOE, I request that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) determine the Hazard Ranking Score (HRS) for this site and, if
appropriate, place the site on the National Priorities List (NPL).
This ranking should be conducted using all currently available
information on the site. Further, I request that EPA initiate the
Superfund process to determine potentially responsible parties and,
if necessary, initiate enforcement action to begin an appropriate
remedial action.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources believes that the
current uncontrolled condition of the radioactive waste at the
Westlake Landfill is unacceptable and we are interested in expediting
action at this site. Please contact me if you have any questions
regarding MDNR’s position on this matter.
William C. Ford/Director
cc: Mr. Jim Fiore, DOE
Mr. Germain LaRoche, NRC