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2012-07-09 – Revised West Lake Landfill Update Fact Sheet

IMPORTANT: Revised Westlake Landfill Update Fact Sheet-Please Review as soon as possible Debbie Kring to: Dan Gravatt, Audrey Asher, DeAndre Singletary 07/09/2012 06:19PM Cc: Rich Hood, Hattie Thomas, Christopher Whitley
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I am attaching the revised Westlake Fact Sheet that you have each weighed in on. I have made most of the changes you recommended, but updated to reflect your preferences, using some slight modifications, i.e., in one paragraph, you want the statement, “the decision selected ….. “-decisions don’t select, people do -so that’s an example of something that keeps the same reference context, but modifies the grammatical tone.
I would like to put this through concurrence in the next day, and I know LaTonya would like to use in her call to Sen. McCaskill’s office tomorrow, so please look over. I am not tied to anything in particular, but want to keep the tone consistent with the use of verbs 🙂
Thanks.
Debbie
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Update on Activities Supporting the Record of Decision (ROD)
Amendment for the Westlake Landfill Superfund Site
Bridgeton, Missouri

INTRODUCTION
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has been working in the Bridgeton community to address environmental issues at the Westlake Landfill over a multi-year period. The Westlake Landfill is comprised of two (2) operable units (OUs). OU-1 contains a mixture of radiologically-contaminated soils, municipal refuse and construction/demolition debris. OU-2 includes several sanitary landfill cells containing municipal refuse and construction/demolition debris.
After conducting extensive investigations, holding numerous public forums, and responding in detail to public comments, EPA signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for QU-lin May 2008. This decision document outlined the selected remedy, which included the placement of an engineered cover system over the radiologically-contaminated areas, long-term groundwater monitoring, and the adoption of institutional controls to restrict access.
After the ROD was signed, EPA continued to receive public comments about the selected remedy. In response to those comments, EPA tasked the potentially-responsible parties (PRPs) to conduct a Supplemental Feasibility Study (SFS) for OU-1 that further evaluated the ROD-selected remedy, as well as full-scale excavation of the radiologically.contaminated landfill material and disposal either at a permitted off-site facility or in a new, on-site engineered disposal cell.
The SFS Work Plan was released to the public in June 2010. After reviewing several draft versions of the document, EPA approved and released the SFS Report to the public in December 2011. The estimated costs defined for each alternative in the SFS Report exceeded the threshold, which triggered a formal review and evaluation by EPA’s National Remedy Review Board (NRRB). Between January 2012 and the present time, the NRRB has weighed in with numerous draft comments and recommendations on the SFS Report. The NRRB recommended that EPA, Region 7: evaluate additional groundwater sampling to refresh the data; conduct a more detailed study of the partial excavation alternative; and conduct a more detailed analysis of potential treatment technologies for the radiologically.contaminated landfill material. EPA, Region 7, then tasked the PRPs to conduct some ofthis work as an amendment to its original Consent Order.
In response to more general NRRB recommendations, EPA, Region 7 also decided to update gamma scans ofthe surface ofOU-1 and conduct vertical gamma scans ofmonitoring wells at the site. EPA, Region 7 will perform the gamma scans.
The work will be conducted by PRPs under EPA
oversight, with the following proposed 2012/2013
schedule:
July ’12 -Groundwater sampling (PRPs to conduct, EPA & MDNR will take splits);
August’ 12-Gamma scan evaluation to further rtrfine distribution of radiologically-impacted wastes (EPA staffto conduct);
Summer ’12-’13 -Additional studies to address the NRRB draft comments. (PRPs to perform).
In coordination with its stakeholders, EPA will host a public availability session near the end of2012 in Bridgeton to: convey updated data results; discuss the scope ofthe PRP additional studies; and take questions about the next steps in the ROD.Amendment process.
Communications about the Westlake Landfill
Superfund Site will be addressed through a combination of venues, including, but not limited to: ads in the local newspaper; fact sheets; EPA’s website; and local and regional records centers. Community members and other interested persons, can also contact EPA’s Community Involvement Coordinator, Debbie Kring, via telephone or e-mail as listed below.

AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS
The SFS Report is available online at: http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/npl_files/west_l ake landfill/index.htm
The administrative record, and other site-related documents for the Westlake Landfill Superfund Site are available for review at the following locations:
The Bridgeton Trails Branch of the St. Louis County Library 3455 McKelvey Road Bridgeton, Missouri
AND . EPA Region 7 Records Center

901 North 51h Street
Kansas City, Kansas
1-800-223-0425

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you have questions about this Fact Sheet, or need additional infonnation about the Westlake Landfill Superfund Site, please contact:

Debbie Kring
Community Involvement Coordinator
Office of Public Affairs

U.S. EPA-Region 7
901 North 51h Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

(913) 551-7725 or toll-free
1-800-223-0425
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2012-01-09 – Cecilia Tapia does not think community interviews should be conducted during this stage of the Superfund process

Just Spoke with Cecilia about Westlake Landfill-and Ramona Debbie Kring to: Hattie Thomas, Dan Gravatt Cc: Rich Hood, Cecilia Tapia 01/09/2012 02:21 PM
From: To: Deb~ie Kring/R7/USEPA/US Hattie Thomas/R7/[email protected], Dan Gravatt/R7/USEPA/[email protected]
Cc: Rich Hood/R7/USEPA/[email protected], Cecilia Tapia/R7/USEPA/[email protected]

Hattie & Dan:
I just spoke to Cecilia as she walked by enroute to the MDNR Call in the RA Conference Room at 2:00
p.m. She is fully supportive of CPA’s role at Westlake and also does not think “community interviews” should be conducted during this phase of the Superfund process. She does not have an opinion about Ramona’s role at the site, but indicated that MDNR (Ramona) should not be lobbying on anyone’s behalf, i.e., the city, community members, et al and that is why she asked for her to be removed from the site to begin with.
I briefly explained what our call will entail (at 3:00 p.m. today) with Brandon of MDNR. She is supportive!
As a historical reference, Ramona and her management made several comments to my updated Community Involvement Plan (CIP)P (done last summer). Some of the comments I chose to incorporate (because they made the plan better). Some of the comments were not applicable, and a few of them were not even implementable. Ramona offered her assistance to EPA Hqtrs. when it was working on the Community Engagement Initiative, so feels like she should be in charge of every aspect of community activities that involve EPA. Please note ………… MDNR comments to the CIP were suggestions only.
When we (EPA officials & MDNR) toured Westlake Landfill on October 4, 2011, we discussed the CIP and possible next steps for community interaction. The dialogue went well, Ramona was not present for that tour.
They are insistent that community interviews be conducted, RIGHT NOW! I don’t disagree that we need the community’s view of past and current EPA activities and their affects on the community-at-large. However, I believe that once the SFS activities get finalized and we move to the next phase of community meeting·s and additional activity, that would be the appropriate time to conduct the community interviews. I plan to perform these interviews in the spring of 2012.
Stay tuned ……………. l’ll keep you apprised of next steps. If you need any more information regarding this history of this site or EPA’s interactions with MDNR, please don’t hesitate to ask. Dan and I have a conference call coming up within the hour.
Debbie
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
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2012-01-09 – EPA discussion of next steps for community outreach per MDNR request

{In Archive} EPA Call with MDNR Re: Westlake Landfill-Next Steps for
Community Outreach
Debbie Kring to: Hattie Thomas, Dan Gravatt 01/09/2012 04:30PM
Cc: Rich Hood, Cecilia Tapia, DeAndre Singletary
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Dan & I called MDNR (Branch Chief Brandon Doster) at his request to discuss next steps for community outreach activities at the Westlake Landfill Superfund Site in Bridgeton, MO.
MDNR would like EPA to conduct community interviews in support of the most recent Community Involvement Plan update (fall of 2011 ). They would also like these interviews to be done subsequent to the upcoming public meeting EPA will hold to release the Supplemental Feasibility Study (SFS) to guage interest community-wide. While EPA concurs with the need to get current perspectives from community members about the progress of Westlake Landfill, doing interviews during this particular phase of the Superfund process is poor timing. EPA has made it clear that the SFS process is NOT a public comment process or period. Conducting interviews at the same time considerations are being made about the SFS gives the community mixed messages about what EPA is asking.
We conveyed to MDNR that EPA would prefer to conduct these interviews in the spring of 2012, not only to alleviate confusion within the public domain, but also because EPA’s EJ program would like to begin conducting Healthy Homes assessments near Westlake Landfill in the spring as well. I believe those two activities positively parallel each other and give the community a more clarified direction .
MDNR asked Dan and I if they could conduct their own community interviews prior to the SFS being released to the public. I specifically asked Brandon, what they would do with the comments received, since we are NOT in a public comment period. He appeared to understand and thanked Dan and I for our time.
If you need additional information about this call or any other facet of the Westlake Landfill site, please call Dan or I.
Debbie
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 [email protected] 1-800-223-0425
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2012-01-09 – EPA EJ program would like to begin conducting Healthy Homes assessmens near West Lake Landfill

{In Archive} EPA Call with MDNR Re: Westlake Landfill-Next Steps for
Community Outreach
Debbie Kring to: Hattie Thomas, Dan Gravatt 01/09/2012 04:30PM
Cc: Rich Hood, Cecilia Tapia, DeAndre Singletary
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Dan & I called MDNR (Branch Chief Brandon Doster) at his request to discuss next steps for community outreach activities at the Westlake Landfill Superfund Site in Bridgeton, MO.
MDNR would like EPA to conduct community interviews in support of the most recent Community Involvement Plan update (fall of 2011 ). They would also like these interviews to be done subsequent to the upcoming public meeting EPA will hold to release the Supplemental Feasibility Study (SFS) to guage interest community-wide. While EPA concurs with the need to get current perspectives from community members about the progress of Westlake Landfill, doing interviews during this particular phase of the Superfund process is poor timing. EPA has made it clear that the SFS process is NOT a public comment process or period. Conducting interviews at the same time considerations are being made about the SFS gives the community mixed messages about what EPA is asking.
We conveyed to MDNR that EPA would prefer to conduct these interviews in the spring of 2012, not only to alleviate confusion within the public domain, but also because EPA’s EJ program would like to begin conducting Healthy Homes assessments near Westlake Landfill in the spring as well. I believe those two activities positively parallel each other and give the community a more clarified direction .
MDNR asked Dan and I if they could conduct their own community interviews prior to the SFS being released to the public. I specifically asked Brandon, what they would do with the comments received, since we are NOT in a public comment period. He appeared to understand and thanked Dan and I for our time.
If you need additional information about this call or any other facet of the Westlake Landfill site, please call Dan or I.
Debbie
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 [email protected] 1-800-223-0425
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2012-07-26 – Earth City Board of Trustees – Community will be mad if 100% excavation not performed

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Summarized Phone Conversation I had with John Basilica, Chair, Earth City Board of Trustees-Re: West Lake Landfill Debbie Kring to: Dan Gravatt, DeAndre Singletary, Audrey Asher 07/26/2012 02:02PM Cc· Rich Hood, Hattie Thomas, Cecilia Tapia, Robertw Jackson, Kristina
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The attached document serves as a phone record for a conversation that I had with John Basilica today, July 27, 2012. Please let me know if you have questions. For the record, this site is currently in lit.-hold.
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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
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Write-Up Re: Discussion with John Basilica,
Chairman, Earth City, MO Board of Trustees

West Lake Landfill
I spoke by phone today with Mr. John Basilica of Earth City, MO. He calls.me every 4-6 months to get an update on West Lake Landfill. Their next board meeting is August 22nd, so the update for this call was of key importance to him.
As background, John and the Earth City Board were extremely supportive of EPA’s initial remedy selection, primarily due to the concern about bird strikes at the St. Louis airport.
We talked for about 15 minutes about the status
of the landfill, and EPA’s current stance with
respect to the SFS. I outlined some of the
current and proposed actions (very generically)
as we are proposing to do in an updated Fact
Sheet.
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In summary, John stated that he is on the ground in this community and the area in general and really hears what the constituents say. He stated that whatever EPA plans to do at the landfill, it should take the following into consideration, understanding that the two solutions are: full excavation of the landfill OR EPA’s preferred remedy, which includes capping, groundwater monitoring, and institutional controls:
Unless it is deemed that the appropriate action for the landfill is 100% +excavation (which would include the removal of every molecule of contaminated material), the public will be mad.
Unless it is deemed that EPA’s preferred remedy is going to be performed in the near future (sooner vs. later), the public’s patience is running out.

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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

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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!
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FX: 913-551-7066
EM: [email protected]

Get tips toprotect children’s health at
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“^”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.
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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]

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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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—–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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—–Forwarded by Rich Hood/R7/USEPA!US on 07/26/2012 12:50 PM —-.
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. ……… .

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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
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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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