EPA to conduct radiation screening at Bridgeton Athletic Complex

BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – The Environmental Protection Agency region 7 office announced today it will conduct radiation screening at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex. This comes after a group of bridgeton parents got independent screening results last month. A lab in Boston reviewd the samples.

The EPA raised questions about the scientific integrity of the lay group’s results because the agency has been using data that supports continued use of the site. But, the agency now plans to screen for gross gamma radioactive material. Depending on what they find, soil testing for thorium 230 and radium 226 could follow.

Screening should start the week of May 19th. The results should be available 30 to 60 days after that. Attorney General Chris Koster is pleased with Wednesday’s announcement. Last month he asked for additonal offsite screening for radioactive material.

Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers hopes the testing proves the complex is safe for visitors. No word on whether games will be cancelled this weekend.

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