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After Online Threats, EPA Cancels Appearance at West Lake Landfill Meeting

After Online Threats, EPA Cancels Appearance at West Lake Landfill Meeting

Representatives from three federal agencies did not attend a community meeting in Bridgeton, Mo. On Monday night about the West Lake Landfill, citing concerns about online threats.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the report:

The online comments were made after a Post-Dispatch article on Sunday said concerns about radiation at the Bridgeton landfill and Coldwater Creek could be overblown, according to experts.

EPA spokesman Curtis Carey said the threats, which have been deleted, were made by one person on the West Lake Landfill Facebook group.

According to the EPA, the comments included: "Let's put these murderers and bribe-takers in the ground." .

EPA, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all canceled their plans to send representatives to the West Lake Landfill Community Advisory Group's meeting. The volunteer-run group holds these meetings about once a month so residents can ask the agencies questions about the landfill's remaining contamination.

"When they saw the threat, all three agencies said that's not acceptable. It's too great a risk," Carey said.

Read the full story here.

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