ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A large crowd turned out for the first of two days of public meetings to explain the potential connection between contamination in Coldwater Creek near St. Louis and cancer.
Radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project was dumped north of the airport and rain and wind carried it into nearby Coldwater Creek.
A federal agency did a two-year study and concluded the waste could have increased the risk of cancer.
The study said people could have ingested radioactive water or dirt from playing on or near the creek, or from contaminated soil used for fill.
“We don’t have a lot of cancer in our family so this was very surprising to a lot of my family all around the world that I was diagnosed with this,” Dorlita Adams, who lives near Coldwater Creek, said.
“I lost my son, he was born with a brain tumor,” Kim Visintine, who also lives near Coldwater Creek, said. “It’s a brain tumor that occurs in 60-year-old men.”
The agency is also recommending those who lived or played near the creek to talk to their doctor about their potential exposure.