No. 95-110 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel. 301/415-8200 (Thursday, September 7, 1995)
NRC DEFERS TO EPA ON REGULATORY OVERSIGHT
FOR CLEANUP OF WEST LAKE LANDFILL SITE IN MISSOURI
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has deferred to the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the regulatory oversight
for cleanup of contamination at the West Lake Landfill site in
Bridgeton, Missouri. The property, which contains both hazardous
and radioactive waste, is currently being cleaned up by EPA. it
is not covered by a current NRC license.
The NRC will remove the West Lake Landfill from its Site
Decommissioning Management Plan (SDMP) list of sites that receive
special agency management attention. Accordingly, NRC plans no
further action concerning the site unless specifically asked to
do so by EPA.
Under the national Superfund program, EPA has lead
responsibility for cleanup at West Lake. EPA added the site in
1990 to its Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation
and Liability National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous
Waste Sites and ranked it as number 1003.
Based on the reviews to date, NRC has concluded that the
program being administered by EPA is adequate to protect the
public and the environment from the risks associated with
radioactive contamination. NRC therefore believes that its
oversight of remediation at the site, in addition to that of EPA,
would be burdensome and duplicative.
The West Lake Landfill property, owned by Laidlaw and
Rockroad, Inc., is located on the outskirts of St. Louis.
Radioactively contaminated soil from the Cotter Corporation’s
Latty Avenue site was placed in the landfill in 1973. Two areas
on the site have a layer of radioactively contaminated soil,
mostly covered with 3 to 20 feet of other waste. The
contamination originated with residues from extraction of uranium
and radium from very rich uranium ores for the former Atomic