by Don Corrigan (Article from the Gateway Journalism Review May 2016 )
When Dawn Chapman and other members of Just Moms St. Louis read a front-page story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch titled, “Misplaced Fear,” they immediately went to social media to express their upset with the piece.
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.
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.
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.
West Lake Landfill photo provided by Just Moms STL.
The West Lake Landfill issues and nuclear waste contamination are hot topics currently in the St. Louis region and public concerns are growing. Environmental Echo wanted to provide several updates relating to the situation.
Updates include radiation found migrating off-site at West Lake. Huge sums needed for remediation and possible buy-out. And the landfill near radioactive site continues to be plagued by underground fire prompting the EPA’s announcement of West Lake Landfill Isolation Barrier Decision.
January 27, 2016 in Environment, Home
Tagged BillOtto, Bridgetonlandfill, ColdWaterCreek, DNR, EPA, JustMomsSTL, MariaChappelleNadal, Nuclearwaste, westlakelandfill
Green Spiral Tours. All photos provided by Jessie Hoagland.
Jessie Hoagland, the founder of Green Spiral Tours, is the special guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.
Green Spiral Tours is an “eco-adventure school designed to connect people with their place on the planet.”