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The St. Louis region has struggled for decades with contamination left over from the effort to develop the atomic bomb in the 1940s.
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited a contaminated site in St. Charles County, saying: “There is no doubt that we have to clean up these sites and there’s no doubt that the testing and remediation is ongoing now…We’ve got to make sure that people feel safe.”
Private companies and the federal government for decades failed to take actions to protect St. Louis residents from nuclear waste, an investigation by The Missouri Independent, MuckRock and The Associated Press finds.
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley renewed his call for the federal government to compensate St. Louis-area residents who have become ill from exposure to radioactive contamination. But he also faced new questions about his environmental record during his tenure as Missouri Attorney General
The public pressure from a bipartisan group of elected officials follows an investigation by The Independent, MuckRock and the Associated Press into the legacy of radioactive contamination in the St. Louis region.