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West Lake Landfill

Public Comment Period

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has published the Proposed Plan and initiated a public comment period for the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site, located in Bridgeton, Missouri. The public comment period will run from Feb. 6, 2018, through March 22, 2018.  Please click here to submit a comment.

You can read the full Proposed Plan online, which includes details of the proposed remedy, site maps, and 3D models estimating the depth and location of the radiologically impacted material in Operable Unit 1, Areas 1 and 2. Scroll down to "News and Updates" for links to the Feb. 1 news release, Proposed Plan, and supporting documents. Additional information is available in the Administrative Record.

image of West Lake Site Profile PageThe Superfund Site Profile Page for the West Lake Landfill Site includes information such as the current status of cleanup efforts and what cleanup milestones have been reached. EPA plans to transition from this current page to the Site Profile Page over the next several months. The Site Profile Page is available online, with a separate link in the Related Links box below. Please visit this current page for future updates.

Site Summary

The West Lake Landfill Superfund Site is located in Bridgeton, Missouri. 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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The Contamination

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Site Map

West Lake Landfill Map - 2016   CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

News and Updates

image of West Lake proposed remedy news release 2-1-18News Release: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Announces West Lake Landfill Superfund Proposed Remedy(2/1/18)

WASHINGTON  — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the proposed remedy for the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site in Bridgeton, Missouri. “The people of the St. Louis region deserve clarity and answers with respect to the remediation of the West Lake Landfill,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “I promised them an answer, and today I am making good on that commitment. I am pleased to announce a proposed remedy that will strategically excavate and remove within five years all the radioactive material that poses a risk to public health..." more

image of West Lake proposed plan 2-2-18Corrected Proposed Plan, West Lake Landfill OU-1 (PDF)(28 pp, 3.86 MB, 2/6/18)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to review and comment on this proposed plan to amend the Record of Decision (ROD) for Operable Unit 1 (OU-1) of the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site (Site) in Bridgeton, Missouri. The Site is an approximately 200-acre, inactive solid waste disposal facility (Figure 1). OU-1 addresses risks associated with radiologically contaminated soil and landfilled wastes at the Site. This proposal announces the EPA’s preferred alternative that will amend the ROD for OU-1. This proposed plan provides the rationale for this preference and includes summaries of the other cleanup alternatives evaluated. In May 2008, the EPA issued a ROD selecting a cap-in-place remedy for the radiological portions of the Site that comprise OU-1. As a result of stakeholder and community concern following the 2008 ROD, the EPA determined that further evaluation of remedial alternatives was warranted and... more

image of West Lake final feasibility study 12-26-18Final Feasibility Study, West Lake Landfill Operable Unit 1 (PDF)(841 pp, 49 MB, 1/26/18)

Appendices (PDF)(1,481 pp, 131 MB, 1/26/18)

This Final Feasibility Study (FFS) for Operable Unit-1 (OU-1) of the West Lake Landfill (the Site) was prepared at the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to present further evaluation of potential remedial alternatives to address the presence of radiologically impacted materials (RIM) contained within portions of some of the landfill units at the Site. This FFS was prepared in accordance with the requirements of... more  (Previous versions of the FFS and related correspondence can be found in the Document Collection.)

EPA Comment Letter Approving Final Feasibility Study (PDF)(91 pp, 4.08 MB, 2/5/18)

image of West Lake RIA report 1-25-18Remedial Investigation Addendum (RIA) Report, West Lake Landfill Operable Unit 1 (PDF)(637 pp, 70 MB, 1/25/18)

Appendices(1/25/18): A-D (PDF)(12,892 pp, 483 MB); E-F (PDF)(343 pp, 62 MB); G-P (PDF)(2,384 pp, 358 MB)

This revised draft Remedial Investigation Addendum (RIA) has been prepared for Operable Unit-1 (OU-1) of the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site (Site). It is being submitted in accordance with the EPA’s... more  (Previous versions of the RIA Report and related correspondence can be found in the Document Collection.)

EPA Comment Letter Approving RIA Report (PDF)(1 pg, 644.34 K, 2/2/18)

image of WL site background & current conditions 12-26-17Site Background and Current Conditions, West Lake Landfill Operable Unit 1 (PDF)(14 pp, 1.57 MB, 12/26/17)

General Site Location and Description - The West Lake Landfill Superfund Site is a 200-acre, inactive solid waste disposal facility located in Bridgeton, Missouri. The Site lies approximately 18 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis within 2 miles of the St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The present channel of the Missouri River is located approximately 2 miles to the west of the Site, which is situated on the eastern boundary of the river’s alluvial floodplain. Industrial properties exist both on and adjacent to the Site, and other commercial and residential areas almost completely surround its perimeter. The Site is composed of three operable units. Operable Unit 1 (OU-1) consists of areas at the Site where radiologically impacted material (RIM) has been identified within surface soil and subsurface solid waste. more

image of WL actions summary to address 2012 NRRB cmts 12-26-17Summary of Actions to Address 2/29/2012 NRRB Consultation Comments, West Lake Landfill Operable Unit 1 (PDF)(22 pp, 664 K, 12/26/17)

Purpose - The National Remedy Review (NRRB) conducted a consultation for the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site (Site) Operable Unit 1 (OU-1) on February 29, 2012. This NRRB review was performed because the anticipated costs of the remedial alternatives evaluated in the 2011 Supplemental Feasibility Study (SFS) were greater than $25 million. The NRRB provided Region 7 with its consultation comments in the final draft memorandum dated February 28, 2013 (attached). That consultation and subsequent additional feedback from NRRB members and EPA headquarters resulted in Region 7 directing the West Lake potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to perform several additional investigations and studies at the Site. Below is a summary of the Site, site actions, new investigations, and related findings that were... more

image of WL presentation - RIM extent & distribution - Dec 2017West Lake Landfill Superfund Site - Extent and Distribution of Radiologically Impacted Materials (RIM) (PDF)(33 pp, 5.12 MB, December 2017)

This presentation covers topics including: West Lake Landfill Site Vicinity, Site Location, Operations, Operable Units, Origin of Waste Radiological Materials, Landfill Operations, Landfill Cell Configuration, Landfill Settlement, Occurrences of RIM, Definition of RIM, Basis of RIM Definition, RIM Characterization, and Summary Data

image of West Lake Update 10-16-17West Lake Update: West Lake Landfill Community Listening Session to Be Jointly Hosted by EPA, Community Advisory Group, and Just Moms STL; EPA Publishes Remedial Investigation Addendum and Final Feasibility Study Draft Documents (PDF)(2 pp, 942 K, 10/16/17)

EPA Region 7, in collaboration with the Community Advisory Group (CAG) and Just Moms STL, will jointly host a Community Listening Session on October 19 at the District 9 Machinists Hall in Bridgeton, Missouri. Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Albert “Kell” Kelly, and new Acting Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp will attend the Listening Session to hear site-related concerns directly from local citizens. Community members who wish to provide their testimonials during the meeting must register, in advance or on-site, and may do so... more

image of West Lake Draft SW monitoring plan - 9-6-17Draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan, West Lake Landfill Operable Unit 1 (PDF)(9 pp, 3.52 MB, 9/6/17)

On behalf of Cotter Corporation (N.S.L.), Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, Rock Road Industries, Inc. (collectively, the OU-1 Respondents) and the United States Department of Energy (the Federal Respondent), Engineering Management Support Inc. (EMSI) submits this draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan (the Plan), which describes stormwater sampling and analysis at Operable Unit-1 (OU-1) of the West Lake Landfill. Per EPA’s letter of December 12, 2016, this Plan addresses... more

EPA Comment Letter Regarding Review of Draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan (PDF)(42 pp, 2.99 MB, 10/3/17)