West Lake Landfill
The West Lake Landfill Superfund Site is located in Bridgeton, Mo. The site consists of several inactive landfills, including the West Lake Landfill and the Bridgeton Landfill. Originally used for agriculture, the land became a limestone quarrying and crushing operation in 1939. Beginning in the early 1950s, portions of the quarried areas and adjacent areas were used to dispose of municipal refuse, industrial solid wastes, and construction/demolition debris. In 1973, around 8,700 tons of leached barium sulfate from the Manhattan Project, a World War II nuclear bomb development program, was mixed with approximately 38,000 tons of soil and used to cover trash being dumped during daily operations.
In 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listed the site on the National Priorities List under the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (Superfund law). The Agency listed the entire 200-acre facility and has since designated multiple Operable Units at the site to manage various areas and environmental media. Operable Unit 1 (OU-1) contains radiologically-impacted material (RIM). Operable Unit 2 (OU-2) does not contain radiological material. Operable Unit 3 (OU-3) will address site-wide groundwater.
The adjacent Bridgeton Landfill, which is a part of OU-2, is part of the Superfund Site, but remains under the regulatory authority and oversight of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
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News and Updates
EPA announced today that it is developing a focused residential sampling plan in Bridgeton, Mo., following alleged contamination in a Spanish Village home. This is part of an ongoing comprehensive... more
EPA Letter to Richard S. Lewis of Hausfeld, LLP, and Daniel T. DeFeo of DeFeo & Kolker, LLC, Regarding Request for Data (PDF)(2 pp, 1.32 MB, 11/17/2016)
On Nov. 15, 2016, EPA was provided a copy of a Petition filed by you on behalf of your clients, Michael and Robbin Dailey. This Petition contains certain allegations regarding radioactive contamination at... more
EPA Letter Regarding EPA Review of Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH) Cover System Work Plan (PDF)(1 pg, 74 K, 11/4/2016)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reviewed the above-referenced document that was prepared by the Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC. This work plan was submitted to the EPA for review and approval... more
EPA Letter Approving Request for Extension of Time to Revise IGI and TMP Work Plans (PDF)(1 pg, 94 K, 11/4/2016)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received your extension request in order to complete revisions to the Inert Gas Injection (IGI) and Temperature Monitoring Probe (TMP) Work Plans. The extension request, dated November 1, 2016... more
Letter to EPA Regarding Response to 10/19/16 Comments for EVOH Cover System Work Plan (PDF)(128 pp, 19 MB, 10/20/2016)
On behalf of our client, Bridgeton Landfill, LLC (hereafter Bridgeton Landfill), Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC hereby submits a revised version of the EVOH Cover System Work Plan, North Quarry, Bridgeton Landfill, incorporating the... more
Air Monitoring Continues in Bridgeton - Part 3 of 3: MDNR Air Monitoring (PDF)(2 pp, 832 K, 10/27/2016)
This is the third installment of a three-part series regarding air quality in the areas surrounding the Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills. Since 2013, both EPA and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) have conducted... more
Air Monitoring Continues in Bridgeton - Part 2 of 3: EPA Air Monitoring (PDF)(2 pp, 1.69 MB, 10/26/2016)
This is the second installment of a multi-part series of the West Lake Update regarding air quality and air monitoring at the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfills and the surrounding area. Since 2013, both EPA and... more
Air Monitoring Continues in Bridgeton - Part 1 of 3: Clean Air Act Compliance (PDF)(2 pp, 6.55 MB, 10/25/2016)
This is the first of a three-part series of the West Lake Update that will look at federal and state responsibilities and review some of the major air monitoring and Clean Air Act compliance efforts around the Bridgeton area. more
Additional Sediment Sampling Results(9/7/2016)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the results from the sediment sampling effort June 10, 2016, at the West Lake Landfill. The sediment sampling results did not indicate radiologically impacted material (RIM) at any location, with all results below the definition of RIM... more
In April, EPA reached an agreement with Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, to install and operate two sulfur dioxide ambient air monitors near the Bridgeton Landfill. The agreement requires... more
Community Dialogue Meeting Overview Presentation (PDF)(13 pp, 1.84 MB, 8/15/2016)
Community Dialogue Meeting Presentation on Final Feasibility Study (FFS) Remedial Alternatives (PDF)(13 pp, 1.21 MB, 8/15/2016)
Community Dialogue Meeting Preview (PDF)(1 pg, 710 K, 8/11/2016)
In March of this year, EPA began hosting a series of Community Dialogue meetings in Bridgeton to discuss the remedial options being developed for the West Lake Landfill. The most recent meeting focused on the 2008 Record of Decision and the “cap in place” remedy. The next meeting on August 15... more
EPA Letter Providing Overview of Status of Development to Support EPA's Evaluation of Site Remedy Decision (PDF)(5 pp, 377 K, 8/4/2016)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing this letter to provide an overview of the status of various studies' work plans... more