2012-07-06 – Senator McCaskill inquiry for a status update on West Lake Landfill

Re: ACTION REQUIRED: Sen. McCaskill inquiry for a status update on West Lake Landfill Dan Gravatt to:... View Document

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2012-07-26 – West Lake Landfill Update

Fw: West Lake Landfill Update LaTonya Sanders to: Debbie Kring 07/26/2012 02:00 PM Cc: Rich Hood
Debbie see below.
Please advise.
Thx.
Forwarded by LaTonya Sanders/R7/USEPA/US on 07/26/2012 02:00 PM
From: “Fowler, Mark (McCaskill)”

To: LaTonya Sanders/R7/USEPA/[email protected]
Date: 07/26/2012 01:47 PM
Subject: RE: West Lake Landfill Update

Great thanks a lot, LaTonya. Appreciate the help. As one follow up question, am I right in thinking then that the excavation has been deemed unfeasible due to the cost and in its place there will be additional groundwater sampling, gamma scans, and other treatment technologies? Or would excavation still be considered in subsequent additional studies that you noted?
Thanks again,
Mark

Mark Fowler
Legislative Correspondent
Office of Senator Claire McCaskill

• (202)224-6154
From: LaTonya Sanders [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2012 2:15 PM
To: Fowler, Mark (McCaskill)
Subject: RE: West Lake Landfill Update

Hi Mark,
I apologize for being so late in providing you this update.
Once you review, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Thanks!
Superfund
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(See attachedfile: West LakeLandfillSite Update -July 2012.doc)
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Office of the Regional Administrator
Office of Public Affairs
901 N. 5th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101

PH: 913-551-7555
FX: 913-551-7066
EM: [email protected]

Get tips toprotect children’s health at
http://uiujuj.epa.gov/region7/citizens/childrens health-htm

“^”Fowler, Mark (McCaskill)” —07/24/2012 06:14:44 PM—Hi LaTonya, I wanted to check back in and see if you were able to get any answers about the West Lak
From: “Fowler, Mark (McCaskill)” To: LaTonya Sanders/R7/USEPA/[email protected] Date: 07/24/2012 06:14 PM Subject: RE: West Lake Landfill Update
Hi LaTonya,
I wanted to check back in and see if you were able to get any answers about the West Lake Landfill situation.
Please let me know if so.
Thanks
Mark
Mark Fowler
Legislative Correspondent
Office of Senator Claire McCaskill
(202) 224-6154
From: LaTonya Sanders rmailto:[email protected] Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:28 PM To: Fowler, Mark (McCaskill) Subject: West Lake Landfill Update
Hi Mark, I’m sending you a quick note to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about your request for an update on the West Lake Landfill.
Still working on it. Hope to have something to you soon.
Thanks.
LJ&by*. E.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Office of the Regional Administrator
Office of Public Affairs
901 N. 5th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101

PH: 913-551-7555
FX: 913-551-7066
EM: [email protected]

Get tips to protect children’s health at
http://ujujLJ.epa.gov/region7/citizens/childrens health-htm

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2012-07-30 – Updates to West Lake Landfill Update

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Fw: West Lake Landfill Bullets w/changes Rich Hood to: Dan Gravatt 07/30/2012 10:15 AM
Rich Hood Associate Regional Administrator For Media, Intergovernmental Relations Region 7
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913-551-7906

(c)
913-339-8327

—–Forwarded by Rich Hood/R7/USEPA!US on 07/30/2012 10:14 AM—-.
From: Rich Hood/R7/USEPA!US To: LaTonya Sanders/R7/[email protected] Date: 07/26/2012 12:53 PM Subject: Fw: West Lake Landfill Bullets w/changes
LaTonya,
Recommend you share these bullets with the senator and the two congressmen. We would hope to issue the fact sheet next month before going to Bridgeton for discussion and updates.
Pleaese call if you have questions.
Rich Hood Associate Regional Administrator For Media, Intergovernmental Relations Region 7
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913-551-7906

(c)
913-339-8327

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From: Debbie Kring/R7/USEPA!US To: Rich Hood/R7/[email protected] Date: 07/26/2012 12:47 PM Subject: West Lake Landfill Bullets w/changes
FYI. ……… .

WestLakeLandfiiiBulletsJuly2012.docx
Debra L. Kring Public Affairs Specialist/Local Elected Officials Liaison EPA-Region 7, Office of Public Affairs 901 North 5th Street Kansas City, Kansas 66101
(913) 551-7725 or toll-free @ 7 1-800-223-0425
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West Lake Landfill Update-July 2012

Past actions include: signing the Record of Decision (ROD) in 2008. This decision included placing an engineered cover system over the radiologically-contaminated areas, long-term groundwater monitoring, and the adoption of institutional controls to restrict access. Action was conducted after holding numerous public meetings and comment periods.


After receiving numerous comments after the ROD was signed, EPA tasked the potentially.responsible parties (PRPs) to conduct a Supplemental Feasibility Study (SFS) to further evaluate: the ROD-selected remedy; and full.scale excavation of the landfill material.


The SFS was approved by EPA, released to the public in December 2011, and posted to EPA’s website.


The estimated costs defined in the SFS Report triggered a formal review by EPA’s National Remedy Review Board (NRRB).


The NRRB recommended that EPA Region 7: -Evaluate additional groundwater sampling to refresh the data; and

– Conduct a more detailed analysis of
potential treatment technologies for the
radiologically-contaminated landfill
material.


EPA Region 7 also decided to update the gamma scans ofthe OU-1 surface, and conduct vertical gamma scans of the site’s monitoring wells.


Timeline: (for EPA actiops) 1) Groundwater sampling -starting July 2012;

2) Gamma scan evaluation-starting August 2012;and
..

3) Additional studies-would be conducted, if and when warranted.
• EPA will host a public availability session near the end of2012 to provide data results and take questions about the next steps in the remedy-selection process.

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2015-02-13 – EPA – West Lake Landfill – EPA Region 7 Indicates West Lake is Most Hot Button Issue in State of Missouri

To: Juett, Lynn[[email protected]]; Jackson, Robert W.[[email protected]]
From: Vann, Bradley
Sent: Tue 4/21/2015 8:52:17 PM
Subject: RE: Action required- by Monday, Feb. 16 COB— Programs’ Hot Topics for the Administrator
to Ben Washburn
From: Juett, Lynn
Sent: Tuesday, April21, 2015 3:52PM
To: Jackson, Robert W.; Vann, Bradley
Subject: FW: Action required- by Monday, Feb. 16 COB— Programs’ Hot Topics for the
Administrator to Ben Washburn
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From: Slugantz, Lynn
Sent: Wednesday, March 18,2015 3:18PM
To: David Cozad
Cc: ‘Stoy, Alyse ,~~~’-“=~~’lc’=-~:__;
Subject: FW: Action required- by Monday, Feb. 16 COB— Programs’ Hot Topics for the
Administrator to Ben Washburn
From: Stoy, Alyse
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:09AM
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To: Washburn, Ben
Cc: Slugantz, Lynn; Vann, Bradley
Subject: FW: Action required- by Monday, Feb. 16 COB— Programs’ Hot Topics for the
Administrator to Ben Washburn
Hey Ben – not sure if you guys have already drafted something for West Lake but if not
here is a short summary if you need. Feel free to revise if you like.
MISSOURI:
West Lake Landfill Superfund Site: The West Lake Landfill Superfund Site located in
Bridgeton, Missouri is a former landfill (sanitary, industrial waste, and demolition fill),
and includes two areas where 8,700 tons of uranium ore processing residuals were
mixed with approximately 38,000 tons of soil and used as cover for refuse in the landfill
operations in the early 1970’s. There continues to be a high level of public and political
interest in EPA’s current reevaluation of capping and excavation remedial alternatives.
In addition, since 2010 a subsurface smoldering event (SSE) has occurred within the
adjacent Bridgeton Former Sanitary Landfill. In 2013 the State of Missouri filed a
lawsuit against Bridgeton Landfill, and is requiring the landfill to actively monitor to
movement of the SSE. EPA Region 7 has been working with the PRPs to evaluate the
feasibility of constructing a physical barrier between Operable Unit 1 and the Bridgeton
Landfill to separate the SSE from radiologically-impacted material (RIM) at the Site. As
part of this effort, the PRPs for the West Lake Site recently agreed to perform additional
characterization to further define the extent of RIM located outside of the previouslydefined
boundary of the West Lake Site.
Alyse Stoy
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA Region 7
(913) 551-7826 phone
(816) 807-3271 blackberry
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From: Humphrey, Leslie
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 8:24AM
To: Stoy, Alyse
Subject: FW: Action required- by Monday, Feb. 16 COB— Programs’ Hot Topics for the
Administrator to Ben Washburn
From: Fenton, Kathleen
Sent: Thursday, February 12,2015 1:16PM
To: R7 Senior Staff; R7 Deputies
Cc: Carey, Curtis; Washburn, Ben; Sanders, LaTonya
Subject: Action required- by Monday, Feb. 16 COB— Programs’ Hot Topics for the
Administrator to Ben Washburn
R 7 Division Directors- as a part of our Lead Region duties, OP A’s Ben Washburn is working
with OIR to prepare the Administrator for a number of upcoming engagements here in
Washington, DC in the coming months, to include:
The National Governors Association 2015 Winter Meeting (Feb. 20-23)
A number of one-on-one meetings with certain (TBD) Governors (Feb. 20-23)
The Western Governors’ Association Breakfast Meeting with Cabinet Officials (Feb. 22)
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ECOS 2015 Spring Meeting (Mar. 16-18)
At this point, we do not have a list of RSVPs for the meetings, but we anticipate turnout to be
similar to last year’s events. Last year, approximately 40 Governors attended the NGA winter
meeting, and 13 (of 22) Governors attended the WGA Breakfast. The ECOS meeting is still a
ways off, but will also likely include the majority of states’ environmental
commissioners/ directors.
We are asking your help to prepare “Hot Topics.” Below is the format we are requesting
you to use for the Hot Topics write-ups. Please note we are only requesting the most hotbutton
topics in your states:
MAINE (Commissioner Pattie Aho I Governor Paul LePage)
~’–”–”–”–“–‘~~ Maine NOx Waiver and OTR Restructuring: EPA issued final approval of
Maine’s NOx waiver on July 29 but did not finalize our proposed approval of Maine’s Ozone
Transport Region restructuring request. Commissioner Aho would like EPA to approve the OTR
restructuring request as it would simplify the permitting process for some pending permit
applications.
Please send your formatted, “hot topics” information to OPA’s Ben Washburn by COB this
coming Monday, February 16th and please call Ben if you have any questions. Thank you for
your help. klf
Benjamin M. Washburn
Public Affairs Specialist
EPA Region 7
(913) 551-7364
Kathleen L. Director
Office of Public Affairs
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11201 Renner Blvd.
KS 66219
913-551-7874
7
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2014-03-10 – EPA – West Lake Landfill – Lacy Clay staffer asks EPA for assistance responding to WSJ story

To: Thomas, Hattie[[email protected]]; Peterson, Mary[[email protected]]
From: Sanders, LaTonya
Sent: Mon 3/10/2014 3:22:20 PM
Subject: FW: WALL STREET JOURNAL: EPA Said to Seek Softer Review of Dump, Agency Might Be
Concerned About Cost Of Moving Nuclear Waste, Some Say
From: Engelhardt, Steven [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 10:21 AM
To: Brooks, Karl
Cc: Whitley, Christopher; Sanders, LaTonya
Subject: FW: WALL STREET JOURNAL: EPA Said to Seek Softer Review of Dump, Agency Might Be
Concerned About Cost Of Moving Nuclear Waste, Some Say
———-
EPA Said to Seek Softer Review of Dump
Agency Might Be Concerned About Cost Of Moving Nuclear
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Waste, Some Say
By
John R. Emshwiller
March 9, 2014 8:04 p.m. ET
Dawn Chapman, left, and Karen Nickel at the West Lake dump near St. Louis. They say its
radioactive waste should be removed rather than capped. Sarah Conard for The Wall
Street Journal
BRIDGETON, Mo.-An Environmental Protection Agency review board was pressured by officials
at the agency to soften its challenges to an EPA plan for dealing with a highly contaminated
radioactive waste site in this St. Louis suburb, a former board member and other people familiar
with the matter said.
In what some saw as a sign of the intensity of the dispute, the EPA turned a 2012 review of the site
from a public process to a confidential one. Some people familiar with that move believe it was done
to save the EPA the potential embarrassment of the dispute becoming public.
The EPA, in written responses to questions, denied that pressure was put on the review board or
that there were attempts to hide its views. The agency said a nonpublic “consultation” on the plan
was more appropriate than a full public “review” because it was determined that more sampling
and testing needed to be done at the site. It acknowledged, however, that a switch from a review to a
consultation had never before happened.
At issue is what the EPA should do with the thousands of tons of radioactive waste at the West Lake
landfill, a contentious question because of its location in a major metropolitan area. Uraniumprocessing
wastes were illegally buried there 40 years ago by private parties, federal records show.
The material will remain dangerous for centuries, experts say, and some residents worry it poses a
health hazard.
West Lake is one of scores of sites around the country contaminated by the U.S. nuclear-weapons
program, many of which haven’t been fully cleaned up. The Wall Street Journal last year examined
some of the problems surrounding these sites, including West Lake.
The EPA regional office in Lenexa, Kan., which oversees West Lake, has said the contamination is
contained on site and isn’t harming the public. It decided in 2008 to leave the waste in place and
cover it with a protective cap. Faced with criticism from residents who feel the waste should be
hauled away, the EPA is reconsidering what to do.
Dawn Chapman, a leader among the activists, and others say the Army Corps of Engineers, which
has experience cleaning up nuclear-waste sites, should join the project. That position is backed by
four members of Missouri’s congressional delegation, including its two senators. The EPA said it is
giving “serious consideration” to the idea.
Part of the agency’s second look brought the matter before the EPA’s National Remedy Review
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Board, which consists of agency officials from around the country. The board was created in 1996
as part of a package of reforms in the Superfund program to clean up toxic sites, according to the
EPA’s website.
In the West Lake case, board members had various concerns about the proposal to leave the
radioactive waste in place, said people familiar with the matter. One was whether unreliable data
were used to conclude the material was too widely scattered amid other garbage to dig up.
If it was in a more concentrated area, as some records suggested, removal to a licensed radioactive
waste site could be a better alternative, given West Lake’s high level of contamination and location
in a populated area, said John Frisco, a board member who took part in the discussions. Mr. Frisco,
now retired, was a Superfund manager in the EPA’s New York City-based regional office.
Though the review board is traditionally a relatively independent internal entity, EPA officials tried
to “soften some recommendations” and “remove” some information that raised questions about the
proposal to leave the waste in place, said Mr. Frisco.
“It kind of flies in the face of an independent review,” said Mr. Frisco, who had been on the board
since its inception.
West Lake was “politically hot” and led to “fireworks inside the agency,” said another person
familiar with the matter, describing it as “a nasty affair” involving “unusual pressure” on the
board from EPA officials.
People familiar with the matter said they believed that at least part of the motivation for the
pressure came from wanting to defend the previously announced plan to leave the waste in place.
Removing it, they said, was seen as likely to be more complex and expensive and carry other risks.
Another person involved in West Lake said there was “a lot of back and forth” regarding a
“challenging site,” but didn’t recall feeling EPA officials had improperly “pushed” the board.
One EPA headquarters official who took part in the board’s deliberations, said people familiar with
the matter, was Douglas Ammon. Mr. Ammon, who wasn’t a board member, took positions that
seemed aimed “to dilute” West Lake recommendations, said Mr. Frisco. Mr. Ammon “was
extremely vocal and tried to rewrite stuff,” said another person.
Adding to concerns over Mr. Ammon’s role: He was the direct supervisor of Amy Legare, the
review board’s chairwoman. The EPA said he had “management responsibility” for the board.
The EPA said that at times, nonmembers participate in the board’s activities.
When contacted, Mr. Ammon said he needed to check with the EPA about giving an interview; Ms.
Legare didn’t respond to interview requests. In its written responses, the EPA said the two wouldn’t
be available to give interviews about “pre-decisional, deliberative activities” such as the review
board’s consultation.
The EPA declined to provide a copy of the board’s consultation document. However, the agency
said that as a result of the board’s efforts, “substantial additional work is under way or being
planned to support EPA’s future decision for this site.”
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2015-11-19 – EPA – West Lake Landfill is more difficult to clean up than other St Louis FUSRAP sites

To:
From:
Sent:
Subject:
Fritz, Matthew[[email protected]]
Hague, Mark
Thur 11/19/2015 6:15:17 PM
FW: New Bill in Senate: R7 OPA –West Lake Landfill Updates
From: Carey, Curtis
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:41 AM
To: Hague, Mark ; Brincks, Mike ; Peterson,
Mary ; Stoy, Alyse ; Juett, Lynn
; Vann, Bradley ; Field, Jeff

Cc: Washburn, Ben ; Sanders, LaTonya
Subject: RE: New Bill in Senate: R7 OPA –West Lake Landfill Updates
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For Immediate Release
November 19, 2015
Contacts:
Missouri Members Demand Action on
West Lake Landfill
WASHINGTON, DC- Today, members of the Missouri congressional delegation,
including Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, and Representatives Ann Wagner
and Wm. Lacy Clay, introduced legislation to transfer remediation authority over the
West Lake landfill from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Army Corps of
Engineers, putting the site in the Corps’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action
Program (FUSRAP).
“The EPA’s unacceptable delay in implementing a solution for the West Lake landfill has
destroyed its credibility and it is time to change course,” said Blunt. “The Corps has the
knowledge, experience, and confidence of the families living near the site. Transferring
clean up efforts to its control will help move the process forward and finally give these
families the peace of mind they deserve. No parent should have to raise their child in an
environment where they fear for their health and safety.”
McCaskill added, “The needs of this community are our top concern. We’ve heard loud
and clear that they want the West Lake site transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers’
program that oversees all other sites in St. Louis containing this World War II era
nuclear waste. This legislation is not a silver bullet, and will take far longer than we’d like
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to resolve the many issues surrounding this site, but this is a concrete, positive step
forward in a process that’s been stagnant for far too long.”
The bill introduced today would not alter the current liability of potentially responsible
parties at the site nor its designation as a Superfund site.
The measure represents the latest step in the delegation’s effort to utilize the Corps’
expertise to expedite remediation at the West Lake site. In July, Blunt, McCaskill,
Wagner, and Clay sent to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking the
Department of Energy to re-evaluate whether West Lake qualified for inclusion in the
Corps’ FUSRAP in light of new information regarding the source of radioactive waste at
the site.
“My constituents in the St. Louis region deserve a government where officials work
proactively on their behalf, rather than kicking the can down the road with recurring
delays and deflections,” said Wagner. “The Formerly Utilized Site Remedial Action
Program (FUSRAP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have an excellent track
record, broad support in the community and the expertise to handle a site as
complicated as the Westlake Landfill. I believe that this legislation is a crucial step in our
efforts to reach a permanent solution for the people of Missouri.”
Clay added, “Over a year ago, I called for the transfer of West Lake to the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers FUSRAP program. This new bipartisan legislation will bring us
closer to achieving that goal.
This is a 70-year old problem and the federal government has a duty to finally do the
right thing.
I am totally committed to removing all the nuclear waste from West Lake landfill. It just
makes no sense to allow radioactive waste to remain buried in an unlined landfill, near
residential neighborhoods, schools, a hospital, the airport and the Missouri River. It’s
time to clean up West Lake landfill.”
On February 28, 2014, the members also sent to the EPA asking the agency to
contract directly with the Corps to handle remediation efforts through FUSRAP, citing
the Corps’ “expertise in this area, and the local community’s faith in the Corps’ FUSRAP
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mission.” In March of 2014, the agencies~~== an agreement to work together to
build a fire break at the West Lake landfill.
Peterson,
Cc: Washburn, Ben Sanders, LaTonya
Subject: New Bill in Senate: R7 OPA –West Lake Landfill Updates
To require the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers,
to undertake remediation oversight of the West Lake Landfill located
in Bridgeton, Missouri.
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2015-07-21 – EPA – West Lake Landfill – Conference call with USACE

To: Stoy, Alyse[[email protected]]; Juett, Lynn[[email protected]]
Cc: Field, Jeff[[email protected]]; Jackson, Robert W.[[email protected]]; Peterson,
Mary[[email protected]]; Sanders, LaTonya[[email protected]]; Washburn,
Ben[[email protected]]; Carey, Curtis[[email protected]]; Whitley,
Christopher[Wh itley. [email protected] .gov]
From: Vann, Bradley
Sent: Tue 7/21/2015 2:59:50 PM
Subject: RE: West Lake Landfill
From: Vann, Bradley
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:47AM
To: Stoy, Alyse; Juett, Lynn
Cc: Field, Jeff; Jackson, Robert W.; Peterson, Mary; Sanders, LaTonya; Washburn, Ben; Carey,
Curtis; Whitley, Christopher
Subject: RE: West Lake Landfill
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From: Stoy, Alyse
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:40AM
To: Vann, Bradley; Juett, Lynn
Subject: Fwd: West Lake Landfill
Brad/Lynn- I just sent an email to Steven that a call tomorrow would be best. I’ve asked him to
send me some times that work for them. Can you two figure out who should be on this call from
our end?
Sent from my iPhone
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Begin forwarded message:
From: “Miller, Steven (GC)”
Date: July 21,2015 at 9:19:02 AM CDT
Cc: “‘Vann, Bradley”‘
Subject: RE: West Lake Landfill
From: Stoy, Alyse I.!Il§W1Q:J;ili;~~~~!MQ’YJ
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 11:18 AM
To: Miller, Steven (GC); ·'”-==’-‘=~-====~· ”–‘-‘=========:.;;_,
Cc: Vann, Bradley
Subject: RE: West Lake Landfill
Hi Steven/Phil-
Our RPM is still getting questions about a DOE point of contact for the West Lake
CAG. Do you have a public affairs POC that we can forward along? Thanks!
Alyse Stoy
Assoc. Deputy Regional Counsel for Enforcement
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA Region 7
(913) 551-7826 phone
(816) 807-3271 cell
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From: Stoy, Alyse
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 10:03 AM
To:~~~~~~~~*·~~~,~~~~~~~~~~-
Subject: West Lake Landfill
Hi Steven/Phil-
Quick question for you. The West Lake CAG (community advisory group) has
asked EPA the name of a DOE contact person. I don’t know the specifics of what
the community is wanting to contact DOE about, but will defer to you who the
appropriate contact would be. Let me know and we are happy to pass this
information along to the CAG.
Thanks, Alyse
Alyse Stay
Assoc. Deputy Regional Counsel for Enforcement
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA Region 7
(913) 551-7826 phone
(816) 807-3271 cell
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2014-05-13 – EPA – West Lake Landfill – Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC

To:
From:
Sent:
Carey, Curtis[ Carey. [email protected]]
Sanders, LaTonya
Tue 5/13/2014 9:30:48 PM
Subject: RE: ACTION: RE: Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC?
From: Carey, Curtis
Sent: Tuesday, May 13,2014 9:47AM
To: Tapia, Cecilia; Hammerschmidt, Ron; Gravatt, Dan
Cc: Hayes, Scott; Washburn, Ben; Field, Jeff; Campbell, Todd; Peterson, Mary; Sanders,
LaTonya
Subject: ACTION: RE: Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC?
c__jc_Jl_L_jc_J_j_j_j_jc__j EPA has no validated information indicating the need to screen for radiation
outside of the West Lake Landfill site. We are undertaking a screening ofBMAC to allay public
concerns at that heavily used recreation complex. The screening procedures EPA will use there
has been employed at many sites across the country and is supported by research and
documented procedures. Soil sampling will also be performed at BMAC to confirm the
screening results. With regard to screening haul roads, they remain under the purview of the
USACE FUSRAP program [PLEASE CONFIRM THIS IS CORRECT] and have previously
been exhaustively tested for radiation. Regarding a ditch at BMAC where local residents using
donated equipment reported finding “radiation”, even if the information they provided is
accurate the radiation levels are not elevated enough to present any health risk. Reportedly, the
highest concentration of gamma-emitting radionuclides in their soil samples works out to 5.13
pCi/g. For reference, the cleanup standard in the SFS forTh and Ra was set at 5 pCi/g plus
background [DAN, PLEASE TOTAL THESE TWO SO WE HAVE A TOTAL. RIGHT NOW
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FOR THE LAY PERSON IT WOULD LOOK LIKE 5.13 IS ABOVE 5 AND THEREFORE
REQUIRES REMEDIATION].
From: Carey, Curtis
Sent: Monday, May 12,2014 10:50 AM
To: Tapia, Cecilia; Brooks, Karl; Hague, Mark; Hammerschmidt, Ron
Cc: Hayes, Scott; Washburn, Ben; Field, Jeff; Campbell, Todd; Peterson, Mary; Gravatt, Dan
Subject: RE: Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC?
c__jc_Jl_L_jc_J_j_j_j_jc__j EPA has no validated information indicating the need to screen for radiation
outside of the West Lake Landfill site. We are undertaking a screening ofBMAC to allay public
concerns at that heavily used recreation complex. The screening procedures EPA will use there
has been employed at many sites across the country and is supported by research and
documented procedures. Soil sampling will also be performed at BMAC to confirm the
screening results. With regard to screening haul roads, they remain under the purview of the
USACE FUSRAP program [PLEASE CONFIRM THIS IS CORRECT] and have previously
been exhaustively tested for radiation. Regarding a ditch at BMAC where local residents using
donated equipment reported finding “radiation”, even if the information they provided is
accurate the radiation levels are elevated enough to present any health risk. Reportedly, the
highest concentration of gamma-emitting radionuclides in their soil samples works out to 5.13
pCi/g. For reference, the cleanup standard in the SFS forTh and Ra was set at 5 pCi/g plus
background [DAN, PLEASE TOTAL THESE TWO SO WE HAVE A TOTAL. RIGHT NOW
FOR THE LAY PERSON IT WOULD LOOK LIKE 5.13 IS ABOVE 5 AND THEREFORE
REQUIRES REMEDIATION].
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From: Tapia, Cecilia
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 2:48PM
To: Carey, Curtis; Brooks, Karl; Hague, Mark
Cc: Hammerschmidt, Ron; Hayes, Scott; Washburn, Ben; Field, Jeff; Campbell, Todd
Subject: RE: Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC?
From: Carey, Curtis
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 2:41PM
To: Tapia, Cecilia; Brooks, Karl; Hague, Mark
Cc: Hammerschmidt, Ron; Hayes, Scott; Washburn, Ben; Field, Jeff; Campbell, Todd
Subject: RE: Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC?
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The suspected haul roads have been extensively sampled and have not shown levels of concern.
In addition, the haul roads are under the purview of the FUSRAP program and are not part of the
NPL site.
From: Tapia, Cecilia
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 10:58 AM
To: Brooks, Karl; Hague, Mark; Carey, Curtis
Cc: Hammerschmidt, Ron; Hayes, Scott; Washburn, Ben; Field, Jeff; Campbell, Todd
Subject: FW: Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC?
From: Johnson, James
Sent: Friday, May 09,2014 10:19 AM
To: Peterson, Mary; Tapia, Cecilia
Cc: Campbell, Todd
WLLFOIA4312- 001 – 0058476
Subject: Testing and sampling other location in Bridgeton besides the BMAC?
Mary, as we discussed yesterday, the questions have started about testing other sites (Fire
stations) than just the BMAC.
Robertson Fire protection District, Maynard Howell, Assistant Chief, Cell 314.575 5011:
Stopped by EPA trailer and asked us to test his fire station (i.e. if we are sampling BMAC, why
can’t we sample fire station to assure haz mat responders that they are safe), since we do
technically have a trailer on their property. We can discuss more later.
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2014-02-06 – EPA – Health Assessment West Lake Landfill

Gravatt, Dan
From: Tapia, Cecilia
Sent: Friday, February07, 201411 :16AM
To:
Cc:
Hammerschmidt, Ron; Hague, Mark; Field, Jeff; Gravatt, Dan; Brooks, Karl
Peterson, Mary; Whitley, Christopher; Sanders, LaTonya
Subject: Document referred to in news artcle – followup info
Attachments: westlake health-threat.pdf
From: Rodenbeck, Sven (ATSDR/DCHI/OD) [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 11:13 AM
To: Jordan-Izaguirr, Denise; Tapia, Cecilia; [email protected]; Harman, Erin
Subject: RE: kid question
Hey Everyone!
I have just reviewed the ATS DR Records Room file for the Westlake Landfill. We do not have a copy of the attached
document in our files.
The Westlake Landfill was proposed to the NPL in 1989. So it is unlikely that ATSDR had done any “health assessments”
prior to that date. Our first ATSDR public health assessment was finalized in 1991.
Sorry!
Sven
Sven E. Rodenbeck, Sc.D., P.E., BCEE
Rear Admiral (retired), USPHS
ATSDR/DCHI – Mailstop F59
1600 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
Office Telephone: (770) 488-3660
Cell Telephone: (404) 729-5041
FAX: (770) 488-1543
Machinatores Vitae
(Engineering for Life)
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From: Jordan-Izaguirre, Denise (CDC epa.gov)
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 10:58 AM
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To: Tapia, Cecilia; Rodenbeck, Sven (ATSDR/DCHI/OD); Smith, Casandra V. (ATSDR/DCHI/WB); Harman, Erin (CDC
epa.gov)
Subject: Fw: kid question
Cecilia – I’m out of office so can’t check our files. I’ve read attached document and here are my thoughts l}Without letter
head or signature line it’s hard to say who wrote this; 2) It’s dated 8/85 which is pre ATSDR; 3}The document states no
chemical concentrations were reviewed (last sentence in first paragraph); 4) MDOH appears to have done private well
sampling, cancer inquiry and possibly a’ health survey’; 5}Conclusions are not based on data concentration only MDNR
reported chemical and Rad presence; and 6)this is a Draft document with only state agencies mentioned. Without
signature, letterhead or author and pre-ATSDR (although there was a Superfund Implementation Group part of NCEH) I
don’t think this is ours. But 1985 predates me in ATSDR plus I didn’t come to Reg 7 until 1992. Hopefully HQ can find this
or I will look when I’m back Mon.
From: Tapia, Cecilia
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 9:18:25 AM
To: Jordan-lzaguirr, Denise
Cc: Gravatt, Dan; Field, Jeff; Hammerschmidt, Ron
Subject: FW: kid question
Denise, is this something that ATSDR produced or MDHSS?
From: Peterson, Mary
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 9:16 AM
To: Tapia, Cecilia; Gravatt, Dan; Field, Jeff
Subject: FW: ksdk question
Attached is the memo that KSDK references in their report. Apparently, the inquiry came in late yesterday after Chris
had left for the day.
Mwy P. Pot111soH, AdlHIJ Dopl.ty Dltoetor
Office of Public Affairs
EPA Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd .
Lenexa, KS 66219
913-551-7882 – desk
816-398-3945 – mobile
From: Whitley, Christopher
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 9:09 AM
To: Peterson, Mary; Thomas, Hattie
Subject: FW: ksdk question
She sent this at 4:59 p.m. I left the office yesterday at my usual time of 4 p.m.
From: Zigman, Leisa [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:59 PM
To: Whitley, Christopher
Subject: FW: ksdk question
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Hi Chris,
I sent this 1985 memo to DNR and asked the question below. I was told to ask EPA. Any thoughts?
From: Terlizzi, Gena [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:55 PM
To: Zigman, Leisa
Subject: RE: ksdk question
Hi Leisa,
For information on work completed at Westlake Landfill over that timeframe, I’d recommend reaching out to the EPA, as
they are the oversight authority for West Lake Landfill.
Gena·
Gena Terlizzi
Communications Director
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Ph: (573) 751-1010
From: Zigman, Leisa [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 3:36 PM
To= Terlizzi, Gena
Subject: ksdk question
Hi Gena,
Did something happen from the SO’s to now to show that the threat to public health at the Westlake landfill was
diminished? I ask based of this memo. (deadline for six)
Thanks!
Leisa Zigman
Five on Your Side
KSDK-TV
314-444-5295
[email protected]
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HEALTH ASSESSMENT
(Westlake Landfill) 11VHO
The Westlake Lapdfill site, located near Bridgeton, St. Louis County
Missouri, has been’·found to be contaminated with 4000 tons of chlordane,
trichloroethylene and toluene, and 7,000 tons of low level uranium ore wastes.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources personnel have characterized the site
containment and diversion system as leaking and unsound. lnformation supplied
did not contain concentrations of contaminants.
Chlordane is a broad spectrum insecticide that has been observed to cause
the following symptoms: blurred vision, confusion, ataxia, delirium, coughing,
abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, tremors, convulsions,
anuria, and cancer in laboratory animals. It attacks the central nervous
system, eyes, lungs, liver, kidneys, and skin. TCE or trichloroethylene is an
animal carcinogen and is also capable of causing the following symptoms:
irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; dermatitis; headache, dizziness,
vertigo, tremors, nausea and vomiting, irregular heartbeat, sleepiness,
fatigue, blurred vision, unconsciousness, and death. Damage occurs to the
respiratory system, heart liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Toluene
has been observed to cause irritation of the eyes, respiratory tract, and skin;
dermatitis, headache, dizziness, fatigue, muscular weakness, drowsiness,
incoordination, staggering gait, skin paresthesia, collapse and coma.
Uranium is reported to cause adverse health effects in two ways: toxic
chemical effects including damage to the kidney and liver, pneumoconiosis,
pronounced changes in the blood and generalized injury; and radiation effects
including lung cancer, osteosarcoma, and lymphoma.
Analysis of the rates of fetal death, low birth weight, and malformations
for 1972-1982 showed no rate significantly higher than the state average.
A well survey and water sampling has been completed and an exposure
questionnaire is at present being administered to selected residents
surrounding the site in conjunction with a survey of all hazardous waste sites
in the State by the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental
Epidemiology. This investigation has yielded the following information
concerning Westlake Landfill:
There are only four wells still in use in the area that are down gradient
from the site. One is used only occasionally and one 1s not used for potable
water at all. None of the wells sampled had detectable amounts of any of the
chemicals disposed of at the site. None of the residents questioned so far
appeared to have any adverse health effects caused by materials disposed of at
the site.
Based on available information, a health threat exists due to the toxic
effects of chemicals and low level uranium wastes buried at the site and the
possibility that off site migration of the materials might occur because of the
unsound condition of the site. While there is no evidence of past or present
exposure, a potential does exist for future exposure based on the possibility
that off site migration may occur. Sampling and corrective containment and
diversion should continue at this site until risk to the public health can more
accurately be determined.
8/85

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