1990-08-02 – EPA Division of Environmental Quality response to MDNR proposal to place West Lake on NPL

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AUG 0 2 1993

Mr. David A. Shorr
Director
Division of Environmental Quality P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102 40055930 SUPERFUND RECORDS
Dear Mr. Shorr:

In response to your letter dated June 29, 1990, Westlake
Landfill was proposed for inclusion on the National Priorities
List (NPL) on October 26, 1989. EPA Headquarters currently
anticipates publishing Final Rule 9, which will result in the
promulgation of Westlake Landfill on the NPL, in the Federal
Register later this month.

We share your concerns regarding the Westlake Landfill, and
agree that further investigations and actions should be
coordinated with all appropriate state and federal agencies. We
are currently undertaking discussions with our Office of-Regional
Counsel to determine the most appropriate approach to identifying
and addressing the various contaminants and potentially
responsible parties associated with the site. At this time, we
anticipate assuming the role as the lead regulatory agency.
However, we would welcome any input you wish to provide
concerning the site.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Westlake
Landfill, please contact me at (913)551-7670 or Diana Newman of
my staff at (913)551-7887.

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Sincerely yours,

David A. Wagoner
Director
Waste Management Division

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Division of Geology and land Survey
Division of Management Services
G. TRACY MEHAN III Division of Parks, Recreation,
Director STATE OF MISSOURI and Historic Preservation
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Mr. David Wagoner, Director

Waste Management Division

U.S. EPA, Region VII
726 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101

Dear Mr. Wagoner:

I was very pleased to note that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
proposed in October of 1989 to place the Westlake Landfill Site on the National
Priorities List (NPL). I also understand that in October of 1989 the U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initiated an enforcement action against the
Cotter Corporation as the responsible party in regard to the low-level
radioactive waste at the site. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources
(MDNR) has been concerned about this site for over ten years and I am
encouraged to see activity begin which will lead to a cleanup.

However,* I am concerned that these two federal actions seem to be completely
separate and totally uncoordinated. Negotiations between the NRC and the
Cotter Corporation have been taking place since October of 1989, but neither

, the EPA nor the MDNR have been a party to these negotiations. Since there

appear to be other uncontrolled nonradioactive hazardous substances at the

site, I believe that it is essential that any further investigations and

actions be coordinated with all appropriate state and federal agencies.

Unilateral actions could make the eventual cleanup more difficult and

expensive.

I would like to inquire as to the present status of the proposed NPL listing
and your estimate as to date of the final listing. I assume that listing on
the NPL will allow you to assume the role of lead agency and coordinator on
this project. Therefore, I urge that this listing be finalized as soon as
possible.

Very truly yours,

DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

JUL 1 1 1990

cc: Mr. Tracy Mehan, MDNR
Mr. Ron Kucera, MDNR
Mr. David Bedan, MDNR
Mr. Nick Di Pasquale, MDNR

Mr. Jerry Swift, NRC