"We are joining together as a group to thank our local fire department and their board for putting our communities health and well being first and taking a stand on our behalf," Dawn Chapman one of the administrators on the Facebook group said the day prior. "We want to make it clear that we also support them and all they have done for us."
Karen Nickel, another of the five West Lake Landfill Facebook group administrators; along with Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment; and a staff member with Rep. Bill Otto's office came out in support with about two handfuls of supporters all ready for the area radioactive material to be dug up and shipped out.
They gave the board all sorts of sweets to say thanks. The fire board approved moving its public participation period to the top of the meeting and gave those in attendance the opportunity to say a few words.
Pattonville Fire Chief Terry Loehrer was traveling at the time of the impromptu gathering of thanks, but called in to let residents there know the department is serious about the situation and doing all it can.
"Our primary goal is the mitigation of that fire bed," he said. "We are well concerned to the point we believe this deserves a national spotlight.
"It needs to be accordingly addressed in that manor with politics a lot higher than a fire protection district."
Loehrer said the district is currently researching its operational needs to mitigate the fire.
"We are looking as well at actions that can be taken at our level to force the mitigation of that fire to benefit not only of the public safety of our workers and residents, but also the workers on the landfill."
Are you just now finding out about this issue? If you want support from your neighbors check out the West Lake Landfill Page and Coldwater Creek Just the Facts Please.
For history on how radioactive waste came to be in the St. Louis area click here.
For more on radioactive waste in North County see:
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- Local Residents Testify at Senate Hearing on West Lake Landfill
- Coldwater Creek Lawyers: "We Expect to Prevail"
- Nuclear Contamination News Updates
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- Coldwater Creek: Federal Judge Audrey G. Fleissig Names Lead Attorney
- Erin Brockovich's Firm to visit West Lake Landfill
- North County Residents Press for More Info on West Lake Landfill
- Bridgeton Landfill Continues to Cause Headaches for Residents
- Second Coldwater Creek Lawsuit Filed Against Hazelwood-Based Covidien
- Report: Coldwater Creek Not Linked to North St. Louis County, Called Fishy
- Update: Coldwater Creek Contamination Town Hall Meeting Set…
- Judge Dismisses the Majority of Coldwater Creek Cancer Claims
- St. Louis Oversight Committee Hosts Nuclear Contamination Meeting