West Lake Landfill
Last updated April 13, 2018
The West Lake Landfill Superfund Site is located in Bridgeton, which includes the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, and other former waste disposal sites containing industrial wastes, demolition debris and municipal solid wastes. In 1990, West Lake Landfill was listed on the National Priorities List making it a Superfund site. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has divided the site into two operable units based on the presence of radiological contamination.
- Operable Unit-1 is contaminated with radiologically impacted material and currently includes two designated radiological areas (Area 1 and Area 2) in addition to properties adjacent to Area 2 described as the Buffer Zone and Crossroads Lot 2A2.
- Operable Unit-2 consists of waste disposal areas that are not known to be impacted by radiological materials.
- A third operable unit is currently being considered by EPA in order to address groundwater at the site.
EPA signed a record of decision for OU-1 in May 2008, which describes the selected remedy to contain the radiological contamination using a modified solid waste landfill cover. In July 2008, EPA signed a record of decision for OU-2 selecting various remedies for three waste disposal operable units including Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill.
Site Status for OU-1
Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Superfund Actions since EPA’s 2008 Record of Decision
After the record of decision was signed in 2008, the process of remedial design for the selected remedy was initiated, and later put on hold after EPA requested additional work from the potentially responsible parties to accomplish the objectives of the remedial investigation/feasibility study.
A supplemental feasibility study was developed by the potentially responsible parties and approved by EPA on Dec. 28, 2011. The study compared the selected remedy against two complete radiologically impacted material excavation alternatives: one alternative included off-site commercial disposal of the material; the other included on-site disposal of the material in an engineered disposal cell. EPA Region 7 consulted with the EPA’s National Remedy Review Board on Feb. 29, 2012 on the supplemental feasibility study alternatives, the board's feedback was made publically available June 15, 2016.
Subsequent to the approval of the study, additional investigation and studies were requested by EPA for the development of a remedial investigation addendum and final feasibility study. EPA approved this work plan on May 18, 2016. In a letter dated Aug. 4, 2016, EPA summarized and clarified the work remaining on the various orders and studies that were to be incorporated in the study.
EPA proposed modifications to the 2008 selected remedy on Feb. 1, 2018 and has updated the administrative record. EPA has extended the public comment period on the proposed plan to April 23, 2018. MoDNR has submitted a comment letter on the proposed plan to EPA for consideration.
Isolation Barrier Pre-construction Actions
On May 13, 2013 Bridgeton Landfill entered into an Agreed Order with the State of Missouri, which required actions to address the subsurface smoldering event. Part of the agreed order included a phased program for Gamma Cone Penetrometer testing and subsurface soil testing in Bridgeton Landfill near Area 1 to determine potential locations for a contingent isolation barrier. EPA later took the lead role on the Gamma Cone Penetrometer investigation. EPA ordered additional work (Phase 1D) on Jan. 15, 2015 based on the results of the Phase 1 investigation, which indicated the radiologically impacted material was located outside the previously defined boundaries of OU-1 Area 1. EPA approved the comprehensive Phase 1 Investigation report in a letter dated April 7, 2016.
In an EPA administrative order on consent dated April 16, 2014, EPA ordered the potentially responsible parties to take preparatory actions in advance of construction of an isolation barrier.
Non-Combustible Cover Time-Critical Removal Action
In an unilateral administrative order dated Dec. 9, 2015, EPA ordered the responsible parties to place non-combustible cover over portions of OU-1 where radiologically impacted material is located at or near the surface. This time-critical removal action was ordered in part due to a brush fire that occurred on property on Oct. 24, 2015. Components of the order in addition to placement of non-combustible cover include:
- Confirmation soil testing and surface surveys to confirm surface and near-surface radiologically impacted material has been covered;
- Testing of vegetation to confirm the remaining trees and vegetation in OU-1 do not present a fire risk that could result in the potential for release of radiologically impacted material into the environment;
- Maintenance of the cover; and
- Site-wide incident management plan for responding to incidents affecting OU-1
- Action documents and reporting requirements.
The potentially responsible parties have suspended installation of non-combustible cover for two remaining locations where radiologically impacted material is at or near the surface on steep slopes, delaying completion of the cover. The vegetation sampling work plan is not yet finalized. A final report is required to be submitted within 30 days of completion of the remaining action items.
North Quarry Time-Critical Removal Action
In an administrative settlement agreement and order on consent dated April 28, 2016, EPA ordered the potentially responsible parties to implement and install engineering controls within portions of the Bridgeton Landfill to mitigate potential impacts of subsurface fires to OU-1. Action items in the order include:
- Inert gas injection plan, and triggers for implementing inert gas injection;
- Installation of ethylene vinyl alcohol cover over the North Quarry
- Installation of a heat extraction system in the neck area of Bridgeton Landfill based on the document that was conditionally approved by MoDNR on Dec. 4, 2015;
- Two sulfer dioxide ambient air monitors and monitoring for one year;
- Installation of a system of temperature monitoring probes in the north quarry area of Bridgeton Landfill; and
- Action documents and reporting requirements.
Remaining action items include completion of the phased ethylene vinyl alcohol installation plan, completion and approval of the inert gas injection plan, and continued operation and monitoring of the installed systems.
EPA is the lead regulatory authority over the superfund site, therefore the department’s Federal Facilities Section provides a support and assistance role for activities and actions.
The section provides technical review on major decision documents, work plans, pre-design investigation reports, remedial designs and post remedial action reports. Depending on the nature of the activity and content of the documents, the section may coordinate with other programs and state entities to respond appropriately.
Periodically, field personnel conduct site visits to observe and document the status of remedial actions, environmental monitoring, contaminant migration prevention and pre-design investigations.
Occasionally, staff also perform independent investigations and sampling in the vicinity of West Lake Landfill. Results of these investigations are available below.
Recent MoDNR correspondence to EPA on CERCLA related documents:
MoDNR letters responding to draft remedial investigation addendum reports submitted to EPA by the potentially responsible parties.
- Jan. 25, 2018, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ third draft remedial investigation addendum report.
- Jan. 25, 2018, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ third through fifth draft Baseline Risk Assessment report.
- Oct. 5, 2017, MoDNR's Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents' fifth draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan (posted 01/19/18)
- Aug. 30, 2017, MoDNR's Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents' second draft remedial investigation addendum report (posted 09/15/17)
- Aug. 3, 2017, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ fourth draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan
- March 13, 2017, MoDNR's Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents' preliminary draft remedial investigation addendum report (posted 09/15/17)
- March 15, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ second draft Comprehensive Phase 1 Report for the Investigation of Radiological Area 1 Operable Unit 1
MoDNR letters responding to draft final feasibility study reports submitted to EPA by the potentially responsible parties.
- Jan. 24, 2018, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ third draft final feasibility study report
- Oct. 10, 2017, MoDNR's Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents' second draft final feasibility study report (posted 10/27/17)
- June 21, 2017, MoDNR's Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents' preliminary draft final feasibility study report (posted 09/15/17)
MoDNR letters responding to time-critical removal action documents submitted to EPA by the potentially responsible parties.
- Sept. 12, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ third draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan
- May 11, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ second draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan
- March 4, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ non-combustible cover work plan documents
- Feb. 26, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ first draft Stormwater Monitoring Plan
MoDNR letters responding to time-critical removal action documents submitted by the potentially responsible parties.
North Quarry Actions
Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Work Plans
- Nov. 2, 2016, MoDNR’s Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ third draft ethylene vinyl alcohol work plan
- Oct. 25, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ second draft ethylene vinyl alcohol work plan
Inert Gas Injection Work Plans
- Sept. 27, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ second draft inert gas injection work plan under EPA Orders
- July 13, 2016, MoDNR’s Comment Letter to EPA regarding respondents’ first draft inert gas injection work plan under EPA Orders
- March 25, 2016, MoDNR’s Approval Letter to Republic Services Inc. approving second inert gas injection work plan under Missouri Corrective Action Orders
Sulfur Dioxide Monitoring Plan
- June 17, 2016, MoDNR’s Letter to EPA regarding respondents' draft sulfur dioxide monitoring plan
Temperature Monitoring Probes Work Plan
- June 29, 2017, MoDNR’s Letter to EPA regarding respondents' fourth draft temperature monitoring probes work plan
- Oct. 7, 2016 MoDNR’s Letter to EPA regarding respondents' third draft temperature monitoring probes work plan
- Sept. 12, 2016 MoDNR’s Letter to EPA regarding respondents' second draft temperature monitoring probes work plan
- June 21, 2016 MoDNR’s Letter to EPA regarding respondents' first draft temperature monitoring probes work plan
West Lake Landfill Vicinity Radiological Surveys
May 16, 2013 -- Staff visited the West Lake Landfill and Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill sites to conduct a radiological survey at locations upwind and downwind of the site using odor as a wind direction indicator. The upwind and downwind readings were compared for differences in radiological readings. Ambient radiation readings were collected to the south, southwest, east, and northeast of the sites using several types of equipment. In addition, deposition dust samples were collected to measure radiological activity in the predominant wind direction and in the downwind location at the time of sampling. All readings and sample resultswere consistent with background levels.
Jan. 25, 2016 -- The department released the West Lake Interim Vicinity Report - Radiological Survey and Sampling - Nov. 4-6, 2015. Also, the Department of Health and Senior Services released a Bridgeton/West Lake Interim Report for radiological sampling conducted during the same period. See the interim reports below.
- Department of Natural Resources -- West Lake Interim Vicinity Report - Radiological Survey and Sampling - Nov. 4-6, 2015
- Department of Health and Senior Services -- Bridgeton/West Lake Interim Vicinity Report - Radiological Sampling - Nov. 4-6, 2015
April 1, 2016 -- The department released the West Lake Landfill Final Vicinity Report - Radiological Survey and Sampling - Nov. 4-6, 2015. This final report supplements the department's West Lake Landfill Interim Vicinity Report that was released January 25, 2016. See the final report below.
- Department of Natural Resources -- West Lake Landfill Final Vicinity Report - Radiological Survey and Sampling - Nov. 4-6, 2015
Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill – Learn more about the department's Solid Waste Management Program’s work at the Bridgeton Landfill (OU-2)
- Air – MoDNR Air Pollution Control Program’s Permit for Bridgeton Landfill
- Water – MoDNR Water Protection Program’s Stormwater Permit for Bridgeton Landfill
- EPA Community Involvement Plan (Update) West Lake Landfill Superfund Site, Bridgeton, Missouri, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, October 2011.
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bridgeton Landfill Reports and Updates
- ATSDR health consultation and fact sheet
- Saint Louis County Department of Public Health
- West Lake Community Advisory Group (CAG)/ Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC)
Miscellaneous Related Public Documents
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Analysis of Cancer Incidence Data in Coldwater Creek Area, Missouri, 1996-2004.
- FUSRAP North St. Louis County Haul Road Sampling Results Eberline Services/Oak Ridge Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. September/October, 2005.
- Background Groundwater Quality, Review of 2012 – 2014 Groundwater Data, and Potential Origin of Radium at the West Lake Landfill Site, St. Louis County, Missouri, U.S. Geological Survey, Dec. 17, 2014.
EPA maintains electronic files for the administrative record and hard copies at the address provided below. The administrative record includes site work plans, sampling results, technical reports, fact sheets and other site updates. It also includes the community involvement plan and general information about the Superfund program. The record includes all documents and data used and produced during the site investigation phase to develop cleanup alternatives for the site.
The administrative record is available at:
Bridgeton Trails Branch of the St. Louis County Library
3455 McKelvey Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Additional Site Information:
EPA Region 7 West Lake Landfill Website