Baseball tournament seeks alternate location over radiation concerns

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BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – A huge tournament is up in the air at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex this weekend days after residents say high levels of radiation turned up in a drainage ditch there.

The residents who conducted those tests tell us they want the EPA to come in and do its own testing to get to the bottom of those concerns, but the controversy over contamination isn't making it easy for event organizers here.

It's a popular place every day of the week, but right now, some people are worried about the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

95 baseball teams of kids between the ages of 7 and 14 were scheduled to play baseball here this weekend from all over the Midwest, but now the largest tournament of the year is being relocated.

Dave Penning has been diligently looking for a new venue. He only had time to talk to us on the phone because he was heading to Ellisville to check out a facility there.  We caught up with the Bridgeton Parks and Rec Athletic Supervisor, who said the city has contacted the EPA to ask about recent tests conducted by residents which suggested a possible spike in radiation levels at the complex. The city's asking the EPA to evaluate that test. At this hour they don’t know where the tournament will be played.

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