St. Louis is sitting on top of a ticking 'dirty bomb'--hidden in plain sight, which if ignited could result in a nuclear event rivaling Fukushima. This dirty bomb is not the work of ISIS, Hezbollah or any alleged 'homegrown terrorists.' The sponsors of this dirty bomb have never been cited on any DOD or NSA terrorist watch list, nor have they been treated to a CIA dark prison site, or the Hell that is Guantanamo.
In fact, the parties with both direct and indirect financial interests in this dirty bomb are linked to multiple presidential administrations (from FDR to the present Obama administration), and two Wall Street Fortune 500 corporations--nuclear giant Exelon Corporation and Bill Gates' latest stock conquest, Republic Services, Inc. More importantly; this environmental crime has been perpetrated and supported by the very Superfund law allegedly written to protect all of us.
This 'mother' of all dirty bombs has a name--West Lake. (Source: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/03/15/expertunderground-fire-in-bridgeton-creates-dirty-bomb-potential/
West Lake is a living metaphor for the extreme corruption in the present political system that places corporate 'proprietary rights' above public health and safety-- to the point of lunacy.
West Lake disaster-- nuclear waste dump meets underground landfill fire"
This is a tale of two--landfills. West Lake landfill is brimming chockfull with illegally dumped nuclear waste, while the second landfill--ie. the Bridgeton landfill has an underground fire which has been raging for some five years. They are separated by roughly 1000 feet of ground--and a chain-link fence. More to come on the 'care and grooming' of this homegrown mega 'dirty bomb.'
Both are owned by Republic Services, Inc., but longtime Obama ally, nuclear giant Exelon Corporation shares 'pollution liability' which it voluntarily incurred in a corporate restructuring. (source : click here)
West Lake was made a Superfund Site in 1990. According to the Superfund law the potentially responsible parties" are the now defunct Cotter Corp. (a General Atomics affiliate), Republic Services subsidiaries (Bridgeton Landfill LLC), Rock Road Industries LLC, the U.S. Department of Energy and nuclear power giant Exelon Corp. Exelon acquired Cotter and maintained ownership from 1974 to 2000, and agreed to maintain 'pollution liability' from claims coming from any past actions by Cotter--including West Lake.
The West Lake landfill is an unlined pit filled with the oldest nuclear waste in the country, dating back to WWII and the Manhattan Project, courtesy of Mallinckrodt Chemical Corp. Originally this ' nuclear waste had been secretly transported and dumped throughout the St. Louis region by Mallinckrodt with the blessing of the now defunct federal Atomic Energy Commission; (the predecessor of the Department of Energy or DOE). (Source : energy.gov/sites/prod/files/AEC History.pdf)
None of the laborers and truck drivers in past decades knew the risk they accepted as they packed barrel drums full of nuclear waste using no tools other than shovels and their bare hands. These laborers and truck drivers hauling the nuclear waste around town, dragging nuclear dust home on their shoes and dungarees, were guinea pigs sacrificed on the altars of 'national security,' and 'corporate personhood.' (Source : www.stlradwastelegacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Legacy-of-The-Bomb-St.-Louis-Nuclear-Waste1.pdf )
Historic record of negligence at both sites"
Dating back to the 1980's serious problems emerged with West Lake as documented by the Mo. Department of Natural Resources; the same state agency now turning a blind eye on the alleged criminal negligence of Republic Services. Among various violations; nuclear waste was initially left on the landfill surface with no top cover, and exposed to erosion in an area which has experienced decades of multiple tornadoes, as St. Louis is part of 'tornado alley.' Some of the waste was shallowly buried. West Lake has no lining between the nuclear waste and any groundwater in the Coldwater Creek floodplain of the Missouri River. (Source : https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2070368-nrc-amp-mdnr.html
The adjacent Bridgeton Landfill doesn't appear to be benign either. The local NBC affiliate reported in 2014 that the Bridgeton Landfill site has been releasing gases into our air which contain toxic chemicals, including benzene gas, a proven carcinogen. (Source : http://www.ksd.com/story/news/health/2014/06/02/benzene-gas-bridgeton-landfill/9884227/
2010"the 'subsurface smoldering event' burns out of control"
(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).