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EPA announces plan to remove Manhattan Project nuclear waste from Missouri site via The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new plans Thursday to partially remove toxic waste from a decades-old nuclear site in Missouri, a decision that mirrors Administrator Scott Pruitt‘s vow to make Superfunds a 2018 priority.

The proposed remedy, would both remove a majority of the radioactive waste linked to the Manhattan Project at the West Lake Landfill and construct a cap over the area. The EPA says the project is expected to cost $236 million and take five years to implement.

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For Bridgeton, Mo., residents who have been fighting to have the nuclear waste removed since the site was identified in 1970, the decision will be a welcome relief amidst public health and safety concerns. Until now the nuclear waste at Westlake has been contained on site and the surrounding area has been routinely monitored for ground water contamination.

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