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Landfill Fire Moves Closer To Tons of Buried Atomic Waste

Health & Wellness  (tags: Bridgeton, landfill fire, Missouri, radioactive waste, illegal dump, Manhattan Project, rising cancer, radioactive release, EPA, Republic, Dawn Chapman )

- 963 days ago -
The fire burning underneath a dump is causing health problems while politicians and the landfill owners fight over what if anything to do about it. Tons of radioactive waste was illegally dumped there nearly five decades ago from the Manhattan Project.


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Sheryl G (360)
Monday February 29, 2016, 4:54 am
Well "something" is being done about this.....

The "do nothing" Republican has finally arrived to the rescue.

Meanwhile, Kurt Schaefer, a state senator and a Republican candidate for attorney general, has added an amendment to a bill that would grant landfills in the state immunity from certain citizen-initiated lawsuits.

Schaefer is currently a partner at Lathrop & Gage, which is representing Republic against Koster’s lawsuit, although he is not listed as an attorney on the case. He denies his amendment is related to the Bridgeton landfill controversy.

.......Sure it's got nothing to do with thank you once again, our Republican politicians jumping up to NOT help the victims here, but to protect the Corporate interests and ultimately those responsible for a mess and health hazard.

Animae C (507)
Monday February 29, 2016, 5:13 am
And gee we have all this to look forward to in South Australia!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 29, 2016, 6:36 am
For me, this is yet more evidence that there are a mass number of critical issues being allowed to fester and destroy the majority of the planet's "We The People". Even nature has been tampered with to such a degree and for so long that it has become naturally unnatural, with Climate Change's super storms and other cataclysms. If the "One Percent of Super Rich Elitist Corporate Rulers Of The Planet" weren't purposely allowing this massive genocide, they would have stepped in long ago. It has become very evident to them that they require only one last thing of us---our absence. They need what's left of the natural resources, hoping that with a great reduction in population, the planet will repair, heal. That it will also buy time to refine preparations for leaving Earth if and when necessary. Presently, this earth and all living, have only one chance, as to governmental assistance. A return of a true democracy, the unification of world leaders and the global "We The People", by a diplomatic peacemaker. We have only one candidate who is a good soul and who has these passionate convictions. Our "Democratic Socialist", also the only runner not taking big money for his campaign, so he won't owe them favors. In so many ways, he is a political breath of fresh air and wishes to return the oxygen to that air. Bernie Sanders. Send powerful, magical, healing and positive energies his way, as often as you can. He's also the only candidate not receiving splashes of publicity and needs the average man's support in many ways. Vote and help.

JL A (281)
Monday February 29, 2016, 7:44 am
Thanks for sharing this update with us Dandelion--exemplifies how one can dishonor one's oath of office once one sells one's soul to corporations.

Sue H (7)
Monday February 29, 2016, 10:19 am
The Greedocracy at work...:(

Birgit W (160)
Monday February 29, 2016, 1:56 pm
Very scary situation. Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday February 29, 2016, 1:58 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.
I have been reading articles regarding this for awhile.....hadn't seen this latest update. My family almost moved there some years back; glad we stayed put. This should have absolutely nothing to do with state government. This should be completely up to the E.P.A......and it is a mess! It has been going on since early Dec., 2009---over 6 YEARS!

Trish K (29)
Monday February 29, 2016, 4:18 pm
The Petition at the White House was Closed due to less than 2,000 signatures. This one is open from -
There is no time for arguing - Just Action

Raleighaway k (357)
Monday February 29, 2016, 4:21 pm

Freya H (358)
Monday February 29, 2016, 4:32 pm
A Dandelion by any other name would be just as good at finding important stories to post on Care2. This is why we need to dump nuclear energy and go 100% renewable. Also, we do need to continue research into FUSION, which leaves zero radioactive waste. Yes, it's a major undertaking now - but remember how long it took us to achieve heavier-than-air sustained flight.

Gloria H (88)
Monday February 29, 2016, 4:43 pm
wow! I wonder if you can see the glow from space when it finally reaches the site? How many other nuke sites secretly buried in the ground, dumped in barrels in the ocean...doesn't all that stuff have half lives of hundreds of years that would remain long after the containers have rusted out?

Judy C (91)
Monday February 29, 2016, 11:38 pm
I had seen a couple of stories on this landfill, and didn't know for sure what to make of it. Apparently a lot of people don't know, either. It's pretty safe to say that moving the waste would not be a viable or safe alternative. I really feel for the people who are living in that vicinity. Unfortunately, they can't necessarily just leave the area, which seems like the only good course of action. And of course the authorities say, "There is no danger to the public...blaa...blaa..."

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 3:20 am
Bring this information with you to the rallies, public hearings, demonstrations and share it with people. For it is something that could happen elsewhere. If it can happen here it can happen again somewhere else.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 3:27 am
For anyone that owns a home, they are required to disclose such things, who is going to buy their home? As the woman in the article said, she could not live with herself even if she could, knowing she was placing the new owners into the same situation.

This is what is also happening to people whose water is being ruined by fracking or their land destroyed as fracking also causes earthquakes and sinkholes. These Corporations get to make all the profit and the land that the people paid to live there upon are left with all the losses. Plus how can you place a price upon the health of your family?

If we don't band together, if the American people don't wake up, we'll all be eventually living next to our own "Love Canal".......

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 4:30 am
Stop pushing ourselves to the dead-end

Roro l (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 12:41 pm
Thank you so much!

Janet B (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 6:51 pm

David B (34)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 8:43 pm
Thank You Dandelion. will it never end ? the past coming back to haunt us ?

Judy C (91)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 10:48 pm
Thanks Trish for the petition link. Signed.

I'm spreading the word on this situation, Dandelion.

Carl Nielsen (7)
Wednesday March 2, 2016, 4:31 am
Illigally dumped? What laws in 1945 were broken ?
At that time the effects of radioactivity were not really that well understood.
And what MORON decides and/or approves colocating a waste dump with a residential area - or any area at all frequented by people?

And as usual you Americans are more interested in passing blame and punishing than doing anything to handle the problem.


Sandra M Z (114)
Wednesday March 2, 2016, 5:27 pm

Thank you Dandelion

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 2, 2016, 8:55 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Dandelion

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday March 3, 2016, 4:12 am
Signed,thanks Trish.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday March 3, 2016, 3:15 pm
Noted, Signed & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Melanie Simon (0)
Thursday March 3, 2016, 7:25 pm
This is shocking on so many levels...a fire burning in landfill for YEARS? Illegally dumped radioactive waste near a town? Bickering about whether or not to even do anything about it....Deplorable, Despicable and numerous other 'D' words!

Melanie Simon (0)
Thursday March 3, 2016, 7:27 pm
This is shocking on so many levels...a fire burning in landfill for YEARS? Illegally dumped radioactive waste near a town? Bickering about whether or not to even do anything about it....Deplorable, Despicable and numerous other 'D' words!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday March 4, 2016, 12:16 am

Connie O (45)
Friday March 4, 2016, 6:15 am
Yikes! Extremely shocking, but not surprising.

Winn Adams (179)
Friday March 4, 2016, 10:09 am
Disgusting and despicable . . . .

Patrick Donovan (344)
Friday March 4, 2016, 12:25 pm
Thank you Dandelion for the article (as others i have read about before; this articles updates the earlier ones with more info).

Thanks Trish for the petition link. Signed.

Maryann S (112)
Friday March 4, 2016, 3:11 pm
Signed & shared. Thanks Dandelion & Trish.

Edith B (146)
Friday March 4, 2016, 8:41 pm
We keep hearing stories similar to this, the pollution is killing us with our government's permission and cooperation.

Veronica B (34)
Friday March 4, 2016, 10:18 pm
Noted. Thank you Dandelion!!!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday March 5, 2016, 1:10 am
Wrong on every level you'd care to think of. . .
Shared everywhere to spread awareness.

Diane K (134)
Saturday March 5, 2016, 8:40 pm
Terrible to think people's health & the environment is in grave danger in that area. Thanks for posting.
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