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    Default Disaster plan developed in case fire reaches nuclear waste

    JIM SALTER
    Oct. 6, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet.
    Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially "catastrophic event" that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city's main airport.
    Although the fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning since at least 2010, the plan for a worst-case scenario was developed only a year ago and never publicized until this week, when St. Louis radio station KMOX first obtained a copy.
    County Executive Steve Stenger cautioned that the plan "is not an indication of any imminent danger."

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    Default Re: Disaster plan developed in case fire reaches nuclear waste

    Posting this story on Facebook yielded several similar ones right here in the U.S. Who knew?

    Mountain of Nuclear Waste Splits St. Louis and Suburbs

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/24/us/mountain-of-nuclear-waste-splits-st-louis-and-suburbs-888.html

    25 years on at America's most contaminated nuclear waste site (Washington state)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26658719

    And more comprehensive coverage:
    U.S. Nuclear Waste Increasing With No Permanent Storage Available
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_839438.html





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