The two-part series to air on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 during Channel 5 News
KSDK Channel Five News will air a two-part series about the contamination of Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County this coming week. The investigative piece will air during the channel’s 10 o’clock news hour and provide a further look into residents’ concerns that nuclear waste dumped in the creek decades ago is now causing a variety of illnesses, including cancer.
As early as the 1940s, radioactive waste from uranium processing at the former Mallinckrodt Chemical Plant in downtown St. Louis was dumped at one of two storage facilities near the St. Louis Lambert Airport. Coldwater Creek bordered both sites. The waste was stored in drums that later leaked or was dumped into one of two piles. The runoff from the unsecured storage areas flowed into area ditches and the creek.
In 1989, both sites were designated Superfund sites by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cleanup is expected to finish sometime this year. However, hundreds of residents have reporting an unusual number of illnesses in their community like leukemia, multiple myeloma thyroid cancer, lung cancer
and more. Many are now questioning the link between the illnesses and the creek.
Be sure to tune into News Channel 5 this Thursday and Friday night to learn more about this serious public health hazard.