Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

West Lake on EPA List of Superfund Sites Targeted for 'Immediate' Action

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

West Lake on EPA List of Superfund Sites Targeted for 'Immediate' Action

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WASHINGTON * The West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, which contains nuclear waste from the World War II effort to build the atomic bomb, is one of 21 toxic-waste sites President Donald Trump's administration has now targeted for "immediate, intense action."

The Environmental Protection Agency released the list late Friday, a day after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told a House of Representatives subcommittee that he would announce a recommendation on a cleanup plan at West Lake sometime in January.

It's part of what Pruitt described as an effort to spur action on "Superfund" toxic waste sites that have languished on the list for many years. West Lake has been on the list since 1990.

"In developing this initial list, EPA considered sites that can benefit from Administrator Pruitt's direct engagement and have identifiable actions to protect human health and the environment," the EPA said in announcing the new list. …

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