Contact EPA about Westlake Landfill Cleanup
From the office of Senator Jill Schupp
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed plan for a partial removal of the illegally-dumped, Cold War era nuclear waste in the Westlake Landfill in Bridgeton, MO. Incomplete removal does not resolve the problems that this 50-year-old nuclear waste continues to generate. We must speak up, and have a limited window of time to do so.
A 45-day public comment period has begun. The EPA will receive testimony on how the radioactive waste is impacting our families, friends, and the St. Louis community. Whether you feel personally affected now, or whether you are concerned about the continued long-term ramifications of radioactive waste in a landfill next to an underground fire, on a fault line, or that can affect the water table, your help is needed! Add your name and your voice to the collective voices speaking in support of a comprehensive plan that includes full removal of the waste.
Please join me as we gather with Just Moms STL to write letters, send emails, and make our concerns and interest known to the EPA. People will be there to help you craft your message.
To learn more about Westlake Landfill, watch the HBO.com documentary, “Atomic Homefront.”
EPA Recommends Partial Cleanup of Radioactive Waste at Westlake Landfill
February 1, 2018
The EPA said the proposed remedy, which it calls “Excavation Plus,” is expected to take five years to implement and will remove the “majority” of radioactivity by digging to a depth of about 16 feet, while installing an engineered cover system for long-term protection. Read more here
Women’s Voices is a supporter of the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition whose mission is to grow our clean and renewable energy economy to reduce fossil fuel pollution, address climate change and create jobs.
Clean Air Missouri is a campaign of the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition (MCEC), which is a statewide coalition of stakeholders including elected officials, faith organizations, clean energy businesses, academic institutions, and environmental organizations who care about securing Missouri’s energy future, strengthening our economy and creating a healthy environment for all Missourians.
We are committed to ensuring the state develops a comprehensive, clean energy plan that will reduce carbon pollution, build a strong economy with quality jobs, create healthy air and secure an independent energy future for our state.
Member organizations and supporters include representatives from public health organizations, environmental groups, clean energy businesses, faith communities, academic institutions and elected officials.
MCEC members are organizations that designate a contact person to join the coalition’s coordinating committee, which include:
- Missouri Interfaith Power and Light
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Earthdance Farms
- Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice
- Organizing for Action – Missouri
- Sierra Club
- Jewish Environmental Initiative; a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis
- Populists in Action
- Renew Missouri
- Ethical Society of St. Louis
- Central Reform Congregation
- Missouri Coalition for the Environment
- Mid-Missouri Peaceworks/Missourians for Safe Energy
- Labadie Environmental Organization
- Diesel Health Project
- Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community
Members of Women’s Voices believe that public transportation is an issue that involves social justice, economic justice, and environmental concerns. A comprehensive, responsive and robust system of public transportation is a necessity for citizens throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Individuals depend on public transportation to get to jobs, medical appointments and entertainment venues. Businesses depend on public transportation to get workers to their jobs. The elderly and disabled depend on public transportation to meet many of their needs. Lack of efficient public transportation is also an environmental issue. More cars on more roads leads to greater fuel consumption and more greenhouse gas emissions, which results in additional air pollution and contributes to global warming.
On April 6, 2010, residents of St. Louis County voted to approve a ballot measure authorizing a half cent sales tax increase to provide operating funds for MetroBus, MetroLink and Call-A-Ride services. Women’s Voices endorsed this measure. However, we believe that sales taxes, in general, are regressive and disproportionately affect low and moderate-income individuals. Although we endorsed the tax increase, we also called upon Metro and local, regional and state officials to investigate alternate methods of providing long-term, sustainable support for public transportation in Missouri.
Public Water Supply
In the Spring of 2013 St. Louis City officials began to explore the possibility of an agreement with Veolia Environment, a multi-national French corporation, to take over some operations of the St. Louis City Water Department. Women’s Voices, along with the the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and other groups, opposed this proposal. Veolia has a dismal track record after being involved in water operations in other cities. In Oct. 2013, after facing intense opposition, Veolia took itself out of consideration for the contract. We believe that we must always be on guard against attempts to privatize a city’s water supply or operations.
Renewable Energy Standards
In February 2013 Women’s Voices signed a resolution in support of full implementation of Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standards. In 2008, voters passed the Renewable Energy Standards Act, which required utility companies to supply two percent of energy they sell to Missouri customers from renewable energy sources starting in 2011. That percentage gradually increased to five per cent by 2014, 10 per cent by 2018 and 15 per cent by 2021.