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Cancer-causing radium detected in US city’s groundwater due to landfill teeming with nuclear waste from WWII-era atomic bomb efforts

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Daily Mail News – Science & Tech

By NIKKI MAIN SCIENCE REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 14:58 EDT, 1 July 2024 | UPDATED: 03:43 EDT, 2 July 2024

A county in Missouri has been deemed a ‘cancer cluster’ due to World War II-era radium used in America’s atomic bomb efforts littering the region.

For decades, residents of St Louis County have raised concerns about a spike in cancer diagnosis – and specifically those living just outside the West Lake Landfill.

The landfill has held thousands of tons of radioactive waste and contaminated soil since 1973 when drums containing the chemicals were illegally dumbed by a contractor for the Cotter Corporation.

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