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Atomic Fallout: Records reveal the federal government downplayed, ignored health risks

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"Atomic Fallout" is an ongoing collaboration between The Missouri Independent, MuckRock and The Associated Press involving thousands of pages of previously-unreleased government records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They show radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project was known to pose a threat to people living in North St. Louis County as early as 1949. But federal officials repeatedly wrote off potential health risks off as "slight," "minimal" or "low-level."

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Missouri House bill would allow further testing for St. Louis radioactive waste

‘There could potentially be some areas surrounding those known areas where there could still be contamination that is yet to be identified,’ says the bill’s sponsor.

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Ashley Cardwell, seated, and Donovan Sensel fish at Lake No. 34 in August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area this summer. Lakes and springs in Busch conservation area were contaminated decades ago by

Weldon Spring uranium plant contaminated Missouri lakes with radioactive waste

Lakes and streams in August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area were contaminated with uranium from refining efforts in Weldon Spring.

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Federal report finds more than $400 million in costs in Coldwater Creek radioactive waste cleanup

Federal report finds more than $400 million in costs in Coldwater Creek radioactive waste cleanup

U.S. Rep. Cori Bush requested the Government Accountability Office evaluate the cleanup of the St. Louis County site contaminated by radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project. It found government costs have soared, from $177 million to $406 million in just seven years.

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Americans sickened by radioactive waste press Congress for action on assistance

Americans sickened by radioactive waste press Congress for action on assistance

People from New Mexico, Utah and Missouri, including Just Moms advocates and others from St. Louis who had been harmed by nuclear contamination, gathered at the U.S. Capitol

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Were you or a family member affected by radioactive fallout and nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project or Cold War? We want to hear your story.

Were you or a family member affected by radioactive fallout and nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project or Cold War? We want to hear your story.

The future of a proposed expansion of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Program is uncertain after being stripped from a federal defense bill during negotiations.

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