WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) delivered remarks at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signing ceremony for the record of decision on the remediation plan for the West Lake landfill.
Following are Excerpts From Blunt’s Remarks:
“This has been a frustrating challenge for all of us to deal with all of the time I’ve been in the Congress, all of the time I’ve been in the Senate, we have been pushing to find a solution here. Sen. McCaskill and I on the Senate side actually passed some legislation to take this away from EPA who continued to miss deadline after deadline. But that was then and this is now. …
“I do remember my first discussion with Administrator Pruitt. This was a top-of-the-line issue and I also remember him saying, ‘how could anything be a national priority for 28 years and not be done?’ And certainly my first discussion with Administrator Wheeler this was a top-of-the-line issue and fortunately he felt the same way. Projects of national concern, of national priority, need to be treated exactly like that. Just as our friends from Bridgeton know they should have been treated like that. Just as the Moms group know they should have been treated like that. And this is an important day. We’re going to be continuing to work to do everything we can at the Senate level and the Congressional level to do what we can to help, what we can do to continue to encourage, what we can do to continue to see that deadlines are met.
“The decision not to store on site but to remove all of the dangerous radioactive material, not to capsulize it there but to move it somewhere else, is something that I think our Members of Congress feel good about, as well as hopefully the families that have been living with this issue for a long time and the community that’s been living with this issue for a long time. And as I said, in addition to working with Sen. McCaskill on this, certainly our colleagues on the other side of the building have been vigorous in their effort and we will continue to be vigorous to do everything we can to help you meet the timeline that you’ve set out to get this started in about a year and get it completed in a short period of time after that. Maybe a four-and-a-half year total window is the window that we’re going to be doing everything we can to continue to encourage.”
More on the EPA’s record of decision here.