St. Louis, MO (KTRS) Friday will be the 35th anniversary of the Superfund Law.
To celebrate this milestone, Just Moms STL and other community activists wore party hats and delivered cupcakes today the St.Louis area offices of several lawmakers, to thank them for their efforts with West Lake Landfill. This refers to the introduction of the recent bi-partsian bill to transfer remediation authority over the West Lake landfill from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Army Corps of Engineers, putting the site in the Corps’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).
Megan Beckerman says Just Moms STL wants lawmakers to also know that they do stand behind the Superfund program. “Just Moms STL does actually support Superfund. At times it may not seem that we do since we’re asking for the transfer, it, but we are. It can help communities and it needs the funding to do that.”
Lois Gibbs from the national group, the Center For Health, Enviroment, and Justice, was also involved in today’s effort. Gibbs calls West Lake the worst site she’s ever seen. “I’ve been doing this for 37 years and I have never seen such a horribly managed site, such health risks to people, as the West Lake Bridgeton site.”
The group visited the St. Louis area offices of Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire McCaskill, Congressman William “Lacy” Clay, and Representative Ann Wagner.