Atomic Fallout

Weldon Spring uranium plant contaminated Missouri lakes with radioactive waste

BY: , and - October 25, 2023

Steve Allen and Eric Singsaas grew up hunting and fishing in August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area and swimming in quarries along the Missouri River in St. Charles County, never knowing they were playing near nuclear waste.  “Everything we did,” Allen said in an interview, “we did together.” Allen said he and Singsaas even attended […]

Cost of Coldwater Creek radioactive waste cleanup tops $400M, federal agency finds

BY: - October 17, 2023

Cleaning up Coldwater Creek and other radioactive waste sites in St. Louis County will cost more than twice what federal officials thought six years ago, a new federal report finds.  A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office released Tuesday finds the government’s financial liability at the sites ballooned from $177 million in 2016 to […]

Americans sickened by radioactive waste press Congress for action on assistance

BY: - September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — Victims of nuclear contamination rallied in the nation’s capital on Wednesday in support of bipartisan legislation that would extend compensation for those harmed by radioactive waste. U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, and Ben Ray Luján, a New Mexico Democrat, held a rally and press conference outside the U.S. Capitol as part […]

Was your family affected by radiation from the Manhattan Project? We want to hear your story

BY: - August 22, 2023

For thousands of families who lived and worked near top-secret nuclear testing sites or uranium processing facilities in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, the road to getting an official apology from the federal government — and financial help for medical bills related to cancers and other diseases — might be coming to an end. The U.S. […]

Biden supports expanding compensation to radiation victims in Missouri, New Mexico

BY: - August 10, 2023

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he’s interested in expanding a federal program to compensate people who have gotten sick because of the country’s nuclear weapons development and testing programs.  The Associated Press reported Biden told a crowd in New Mexico he was ”prepared to help in terms of making sure that those folks are […]

Energy secretary stops short of endorsing atomic waste victims fund in Missouri visit

BY: - August 8, 2023

ST. LOUIS — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a visit to Missouri on Tuesday would not commit to supporting bipartisan legislation meant to compensate people who have been exposed to radioactive material from U.S. weapons development and production. “I can’t speak for the administration on that particular piece because I just don’t know the answer,” […]

Missouri Democrat calls for special session on St. Louis nuclear waste, Parson says no

BY: - August 1, 2023

One of Missouri’s top Democratic officials asked the governor on Monday to call a special legislative session in response to news reports of the “unacceptable mismanagement” of radioactive waste in the St. Louis area.  “The problems related with this waste have festered for nearly 80 years,” House Minority Leader Crystal Quade said in a letter […]

U.S. Senate OKs Hawley proposal to expand coverage for atomic bomb-related illness to St. Louis

BY: - July 27, 2023

The U.S. Senate voted narrowly Thursday in favor of expanding a program that compensates Americans who become ill because of exposure to radiation from the country’s development and testing of nuclear weapons to cover Missourians. The proposal, offered by Sen. Josh Hawley, was attached as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes […]

Read the thousands of documents journalists used to investigate St. Louis radioactive waste

BY: and - July 19, 2023

“Atomic Fallout” is a historical re-investigation of the St. Louis region’s 75-year history with nuclear waste, conducted by a consortium of newsrooms, including The Missouri Independent, MuckRock and The Associated Press. It relies on thousands of pages of federal government documents, most of which were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Many of the […]

Missouri warned feds in 2021 radioactive contamination of groundwater wasn’t improving

BY: - July 17, 2023

Missouri environmental regulators warned the federal government in 2021 that radioactive contamination of groundwater from a uranium processing site near St. Louis wasn’t improving despite cleanup efforts, according to documents reviewed by The Independent and MuckRock. Officials with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy in May […]

Hawley demands St. Louis nuclear cleanup, faces questions on his environmental record

BY: - July 13, 2023

WELDON SPRING — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday decried the federal government’s “negligence” that allowed radioactive waste to sicken St. Louis-area residents for decades and invited Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to visit the community still suffering from the legacy of the atomic bomb. “You all have had enough of it,” Hawley said. “I’ve had […]

New findings inspire state, federal lawmakers to demand action on St. Louis radioactive waste

BY: - July 12, 2023

Revelations that government officials and private companies downplayed or failed to fully investigate the dangers of radioactive waste in St. Louis sparked outrage among state and federal lawmakers Wednesday and a promise from U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley to seek funding for residents who have become ill. At the heart of the bipartisan calls for action […]