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Jul262017

Atomic Homefront propels story of nuclear contamination to headlines

"Why is this not a national story,?" asked New York film director, Rebecca Cammisa, whose new film, Atomic Homefront, will be screened on HBO. That was after she learned about the nuclear weapons waste -- the oldest nuclear waste of the Atomic Age -- that sits in the West Lake Landfill in North St. Louis County, threatening to contaminate the drinking water of area residents. The nuclear wastes are contaminating the groundwater in the floodplain of the Missouri Riverand and must be removed. The wastes were dumped there illegally during the Manhattan Project. The film is a case study of how citizens are confronting state and federal agencies for the truth about the extent of the contamination and are fighting to keep their families safe. The film also covers the concerns of famlies living by Coldwater Creek, historically contaminated by nuclear waste. Aside from the Army Corps of Engineers, all other government departments and regulators refused to be interviewed for the film.