Category Archives: Environment

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Radioactive Contamination Top Campaign Concern For Chappelle-Nadal

Pictured: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

Pictured: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

By Don Corrigan  (See this article and other local news in the West End Word Newspaper.)

Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, is already running hard for Congress against U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay Jr., D-St. Louis. She said she will defeat him on “the number one issue in the 1st District: radioactive contamination.”

 

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An Environmental Discussion With Rep. Bill Otto

Pictured: Rep. Bill Otto (far right)

Missouri Rep. Bill Otto, D – Dist. 70, is the guest on this edition on “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

Otto shares his thoughts on the importance of the environment in the upcoming elections and the issue of public safety relating to the Westlake Landfill radioactive waste topic.

 

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Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal: St. Louis Nuclear Waste Issues and Upcoming Elections

Pictured: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal. Photo provided by Sen. Chappelle-Nadal

Pictured: Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D – Dist 14, is the guest on in this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

The Senator shares insights into her investigations of radioactive waste issues in St. Louis, and gives an update on her legislative bill SB600, a proposed bill that is a  home buyout for citizens close to the Westlake Landfill.

Don also asks a few questions about the upcoming elections and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s current bid for Rep. Lacy Clay’s U.S. House seat in this informational and passionate interview.

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St. Louis Nuclear Waste Issues Continue

Dr. Helen Caldicott (left) and Kay Drey at the STLCC-Wildwood nuclear waste symposium held February 20. Photo by Holly Shanks.

Dr. Helen Caldicott (left) and Kay Drey at the STLCC-Wildwood nuclear waste symposium.

Environmental Echo will continue to cover the Westlake Landfill and Coldwater Creek nuclear waste issues. Look for upcoming podcast interviews with some of the St. Louis region’s legislative leaders who represent the people from the contaminated areas. They have some pretty strong opinions on the inaction by state and federal authorities on radioactive problems that have been festering for decades.

Dr. Helen Caldicott, an Australian physician and anti-nuclear waste activist, was the keynote speaker at the St. Louis Community College at Wildwood’s symposium, “The Atoms Next Door” on February 20, 2016.

Caldicott answered a few informational questions about the nuclear waste issues in St. Louis in an email response to Environmental Echo. The questions and answers are included below.

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International Nuclear Waste Expert Visits Contaminated Areas In St. Louis

Crowd attending at the STLCC-Wildwood symposium "The Atoms Next Door" held February 20.

Crowd attending at the STLCC-Wildwood symposium “The Atoms Next Door” held February 20.

By Holly Shanks

“I toured the situation yesterday and my hair nearly fell out,” Dr. Helen Caldicott said. “I’ve never seen anything so goddamn dangerous.”

The internationally renowned authority on the medical dangers of nuclear waste did not sugarcoat her thoughts after visiting several contamination points, like Westlake Landfill and Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County.

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Sewage Issues Facing The Meramec River: A Biologist’s Insight

Pictured: Jason Knouft. Photo provided by Jason Knouft.

Pictured: Jason Knouft. Photo provided by Jason Knouft.

Associate Professor of Biology at Saint Louis University, Jason Knouft, talks with Don Corrigan about possible issues from raw sewage being pumped into the Meramec River because of the damaged Fenton Sewage Treatment Plant.

 

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Of Roads and a River

The turf at Field 5 at The World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton was a complete loss. photo by Diana Linsley, Webster-Kirkwood Times. To read the story about clean-up efforts at Fenton's Soccer Park CLICK HERE.

The turf at Field 5 at The World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton was a complete loss. photo by Diana Linsley, Webster-Kirkwood Times. To read the story about clean-up efforts at Fenton’s Soccer Park CLICK HERE.

I’m not an engineer, but I knew I-44 at Missouri Highway 141 was going swimming as soon as the rain gage on my deck in Pacific hit 7 inches. And it kept raining.

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Citizen Voices Heard At Cold Water Creek Public Meeting

Cold Water Creek FUSRAP Oversight Committee public meeting held in Florissant, February 17, 2016.

Cold Water Creek FUSRAP Oversight Committee public meeting held in Florissant, February 17, 2016.

 

 

 

 

By Holly Shanks

About 300 Northwest St. Louis County residents voiced concerns, often filled with emotion and anger, to government officials tasked with radioactive waste cleanup efforts around Cold Water Creek. The FUSRAP Oversight Committee hosted the update meeting on Feb. 17 in Florissant.

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Cold Water Creek: The Radioactive Legacy Affecting Generations Of St. Louisans

Pictured: Kim Visintine. All photos and graphics provided by Kim Visintine.

Pictured: Kim Visintine. All photos and graphics provided by Kim Visintine.

Kim Visintine, one of the founding members of the organization, “Cold Water Creek: Just the Facts Please,” is the guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

Visintine shares the story of how radioactive waste from Cold Water Creek has been spread throughout North County over the decades. She and a group of childhood friends, who grew up in the Cold Water Creek area in the 1970s and 80s, reconnected years later through social media. After a short time, they discovered rare health issues plagued almost everyone they knew, including the passing on of some of those health issues genetically to their children.

For more about the group’s, February 17, upcoming public meeting and to hear the informative and stirring interview continue reading below.

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NAMES WILL NEVER HURT US, IGNORING SCIENCE WILL …

Show_Me_NW“Tree-Hugging, Green-Shirt, Compost-Head, Climate Freak, Enviro-Nut, Weather-Wanker, Eco-Nazi, Eco-Fascist, Eco-Freak, Gang Green Member, Planeteer-Primitive, Eco-Nanny, Eco-Mystic, Eco-Terrorist, Climate Crank, Eco-Warrior, Ecolo-jista, Eco-Druid, Warm-Alarmist, Global Warmist, Carbon Crank …”

 

 

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