EPA Estimate for West Lake Radioactive Debris Cleanup
Landfill Cap: $95 Million
Partial Removal: $236 Million
Total Removal: $700 Million
Only now – after years of tears, diseases and deaths – does it seem that there is an acknowledgment of the full extent of the human damage that began when uranium ore came to St. Louis for processing for the manufacture of atomic weapons. And only now does there seem to be a realization of just how costly the cleanup of much of the resulting radioactive contamination will be.
“The truth is that until the last shovel full of this waste is removed from these areas, the region remains at risk,” said Dawn Chapman of Just MomsSTL. “The landfill fire helps people realize and think about all the issues surrounding this radioactive waste — and what can go wrong. It’s also an example of how dragging your feet and passing these issues on down the road leads to damaged health and looming emergency situations that could have been avoided.”
— Excerpted from Don Corrigan’s story in the next issue of Gateway Journalism Review. The story covers the reactions of Just MomsSTL members to the Feb. 1 announcement by EPA about plans to finally address the radioactive landfill at West Lake in North St. Louis County.
Pictured above: Dawn Chapman (Left) and Karen Nickel, co-founders of Just Moms STL.
Just MomsSTL will receive the Whistleblowers Awards from Gateway Journalism Review at its yearly event celebrating journalism in April:
WHAT: Gateway Journalism Review’s yearly event celebration
WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. when our speaker will be Carl Bernstein at the Edward Jones HQ, Manchester & Ballas Roads.
WHERE: Edward Jones HQ, Manchester & Ballas Roads, Des Peres.
HIGHLIGHTS: Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post Watergate Investigation will be interviewed live from his New York location.
AWARDS: Three awards to be presented: 2018 Whistle Blower Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 Freedom Fighter Award.
To see past coverage and podcast interviews about the West Lake Landfill and Cold Water Creek Radioactive Contamination Issue by Environmental Echo,
please see below:
Pictured: Heather Navarro, Missouri Coalition for the Environment executive director and newly elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for the 28th Ward.
Heather Navarro shares information and insights into the CLEAN Missouri Initiative and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. She was also recently elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for the 28th Ward, which filled the seat formerly held by Mayor Lyda Krewson.
In this wide-ranging interview, Navarro talks about the importance of the City of St. Louis becoming sustainable and combating the effects of climate change, the idea of urban and rural areas working together, the safety of residents living near the radioactive waste in North County, and the measures that will be on the ballot for St. Louis City in 2018.
To hear the podcast interview with Navarro and Don Corrigan click on the audio below.
Pictured: Jean Turney, education coordinator at Forest Park Forever. Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.
Nearly everyone in the St. Louis area knows about the great institutions in Forest Park, like the Saint Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, and The Muny. However, many may not know about the natural wild spaces in Forest Park. From old growth forests, bird watching, fishing, nature walking trails, to outdoor learning and educational opportunities – it’s all there just waiting to be discovered.
Jean Turney, the education coordinator at Forest Park Forever, shares her insights of the wild spaces available to everyone who visits the park.
Click on the podcast interview below to hear Don Corrigan and Turney discuss the abundance of opportunities to explore nature in Forest Park.
Photo: Great Rivers Habitat Alliance
Are you concerned the historic flooding in the Fenton, Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park, Sunset Hills, and the St. Louis area will happen again? You should be. Flood plain development and levee construction are major issues that can no longer be ignored. Great Rivers Habitat Alliance (GRHA) is an organization focused on finding long-term solutions to the issues that continue to be ignored by local officials.
Great Rivers Habitat Alliance is an organization focused on finding long-term solutions to the issues that continue to be ignored by local officials. Residents and business owners are suffering consequences that are devastating people’s lives, livelihoods, and properties.
David Stokes, the executive director of GRHA, offers insights into what lessons are not being learned from repeated mistakes, the hardships, the choices local areas face, and a few common sense solutions.
Click below to hear the informative podcast interview with David Stokes.
Photo courtesy Peter Dykstra.
Peter Dykstra is an award-winning environmental journalist with diverse and collective knowledge of the issues confronting the environment, the industry that reports on the environment, and the policies that affect the environment.
The former board member of the Society of Environmental Journalist talks with Don Corrigan about the origins of the journalism organization, activism, the current political climate.
Dykstra also offers insight into efforts by local community members working to protect themselves and their children from environmental hazards, like the West Lake and Bridgeton landfills here in St. Louis. One example described is the story of Lois Gibbs, a house wife and mother in Love Canal, located near Niagara Falls in upstate New York. In the late 1970s, she started a movement to protect her family and local community from health issues caused from a nearby toxic waste dump.
Dykstra spent nearly two decades at CNN as an executive producer for science, environment, weather, and technology. His career history also includes being the national media director for Greenpeace where he set up their U.S. media operations and a past deputy director at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He is also currently active with environmental organizations and news outlets, such as Environmental Health News.
Continue reading below to hear the informative interview with Peter Dykstra.
Images of America: Forest Park, a new book by Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks, is dedicated to the more than 13 million people who make Forest Park come alive with their visits each year.
The book is full of historic photographs and insightful stories that tell the significance of Forest Park, its history, and its world class institutions.
Meet Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m., 2017, at Left Bank Book’s local history showcase and book signing. A short presentation will also be given at the event. Left Bank Books is located at 399 N. Euclid Ave.
Images of America: Forest Park can be purchased at Left Bank Books or on Amazon.
West End Word book review of Images of America: Forest Park CLICK HERE.
Hear Kevin Killeen, from KMOX Radio St. Louis, interview Don Corrigan about the new book on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
The Fenton Board of Aldermen heard concerns from the residents and business owners about the recent flooding at its meeting on June 8. Historic flooding has plagued the area for the second time in less than 18 months. Comments ranged from the issues of floodplain development to the Valley Park levee.
Listen below to hear first-hand the comments from the residents and business owners about their concerns and anxiety about the continued flooding.
Photo by Ursula Ruhl, South County Times.
The issue of building levees to hold back the local rivers is again in the spotlight due to the latest round of flooding in areas, such as Fenton, Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park and Kirkwood. (Look for more coverage about the current flooding soon on Environmental Echo.)
Last year, Don Corrigan interviewed Professor Bob Criss, with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. The interview contains some valuable insight into what could be a continuing flooding situation.
This was Criss’s comment last January about the December 2015 round of flooding – “Our flood problems in St. Louis and St. Louis County have been hugely magnified by what I would call idiotic decisions since 1993 especially,” Bob Criss said. “And we knew better.”
Check out the interview from last January below. We’ve come full circle back to where we were last year and Criss’s observations are still relevant today.
Pictured: Dan Zarlenga, the St. Louis Regional Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Dan Zarlenga is the guest on this week’s Environmental Echo podcast series.
Zarlenga, the St. Louis Regional Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, has a unique hobby – he photographs the star filled night sky while incorporating night-time landscapes. The photographs are stunning!
In the podcast interview, Zarlenga shares his technique, how long it took to learn the craft of nighttime photography, and his passion for the outdoors.
All photos courtesy Dan Zarlenga.
The topic of light pollution and how it affects wildlife and the environment is also briefly discussed. Find out more about light pollution at the International Dark Sky Association – HERE.
To hear the interview with Dan Zarlenga and Holly Shanks click continue reading below.
Photo courtesy James Kramper, NWS.
Starting the week of May 22, Environmental Echo will begin a series of weekly podcasts about the most destructive tornadoes to ever hit Missouri. The stories will be based on the research by Don Corrigan for his book, “Show Me … Nature’s Wrath,” and he will be interviewed by Holly Shanks of Environmental Echo. Stay Tuned.
The first tornado covered will be the half-minute hurricane that beat down St. Charles. We hope you will add to the conversation by posting your own observations about Missouri’s tornadic tales. Should Missouri be included in Tornado Alley?