This Question refers to the 1 of 3 the nuclear landfill sites in residential/commercial areas in the St. Louis, MO area. These landfills are a result of the leftovers from the Manhattan Project

Westlake Nuclear Landfill

Inspired by the new HBO documentary called Atomic Homefront which can be viewed free until Mar 18.

Backstory from the documentary:

The residents of Bridgeton, Missouri live adjacent to an uncontrolled subsurface fire at the Bridgeton-West Lake Landfill, which is moving towards illegally dumped radioactive waste. In Florissant, Missouri, four miles from the landfill, the neighborhood waterway Coldwater Creek meanders through the suburbs for a 14-mile stretch.


Though West Lake Landfill was designated a Superfund site in 1990, residents are frustrated to learn that an isolation barrier to keep the fire from the radiation waste is merely a proposal, and has not even been designed years later. The community fears that nothing will keep the fire from reaching the radioactive waste.

The claim I'm challenging is:

From the EPA which claims

The scientific data demonstrates that the wastes at the landfill do not currently pose an off-site health risk to the surrounding community.

And also challenging:

Ross Knocke Vice president of Republic services claims (the guy who own's the landfill) says:

“Bridgeton Landfill is safe,"

Note: What they are referring to as safe is this landfill next to the 8,700 tons of nuclear is a SSE or "Subsurface Smoldering Event" AKA: an underground fire. Which is spreading closer to the 8,700 tons of nuclear waste.

It looks something like this: enter image description here

Somehow I missed this updated map from when EPA was pressured to research more.

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PS: I'm not affiliated with HBO in any way.

Related question: Is the illegal nuclear waste at the Coldwater Creek Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

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    First, it would be better broken up into two questions. Second, I'd be interested to see what the population distribution looked like for that second map. Cancer per square mile is a lot less interesting than cancer per population.
    – Ben Barden
    Feb 23, 2018 at 20:17
  • Why is it tagged nuclear-weapons?
    – Golden Cuy
    Feb 24, 2018 at 3:48
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    @AndrewGrimm - There is a connection, in that the Manhattan project was the one that produced the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. Feb 24, 2018 at 4:12


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