In its July 31, 2014 press release, the EPA put to rest, once and for all, the hype and hysteria surrounding the West Lake Landfill and allegations of radiological contamination at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC).
On May 3, 2014, the St. Louis Post Dispatch editorial staff wrote, "Test the dirt. Make a show of it." Well, the tests are in and BMAC has been given a clean bill of health. You can read for yourself - and we strongly suggest that you do - the EPA's final report. It can be found on their website at: www.epa.gov/region07/cleanup/west_lake_landfill In part, that report reads:
"Local residents and visitors can be assured that a thorough scientific survey and review process has confirmed that the public can continue to gather and play at BMAC, and that no additional environmental action is warranted for this facility," EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said.
In a nutshell, that statement declares that there is no radiological contamination in BMAC's soil or air; period. The entire radiation scare, to which residents and visitors of Bridgeton have been subjected for the past several months, stemmed from a bogus soil test conducted by a local mom and her activist group. Now, having been thoroughly and scientifically refuted, it is time to put those allegations to rest.
As we have repeatedly emphasized throughout this melodrama, the EPA, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the United States Army Corps of Engineers have consistently denied any claims of contamination. Now, after having conducted comprehensive air and soil tests in and around BMAC this summer, the EPA has released its final report confirming what they have always known: no radiologically-impacted material has found its way from the West Lake Landfill to BMAC. In a sentence, the park is safe, ladies and gentlemen; perfectly safe.
For any reasonable person, this final report should stand as the authoritative word on the health and safety of that facility.
Fall baseball team fees are set at $500 for 8u - 11u and $600 for 12u and up. The managers meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 pm at the Bridgeton Community Center. Payment for fall baseball should be mailed to:
P.O. Box 752
Bridgeton, MO 63044