Phi Kappa Phi/Sustainability Council Film Series presents "Atomic Homefront"

Phi Kappa Phi/Sustainability Council Film Series presents "Atomic Homefront"

Phi Kappa Phi and the Sustainability Council present:

Atomic Homefront

Thursday, April 14, 6:00-7:30pm
Peabody Auditorium (Kilpatrick 216)

Please invite students, staff, faculty, and friends!

The City of St. Louis has a little-known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the Atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan Project uranium, thorium, and radium, thus contaminating North St. Louis suburbs, specifically in two communities: those nestled along Coldwater Creek – and in Bridgeton, Missouri adjacent to the West Lake-Bridgeton landfill.

In the Coldwater Creek area, residual radioactive waste was left outside in piles along Latty Avenue, a street very close to the creek. St. Louis is a flood plain so when it rained, dangerous radionuclides flooded into the creek. And inundated homes, gardens, public parks and businesses. For decades, children played in or alongside the radioactively-contaminated creek. Residents have now documented their illnesses: high rates of very rare cancers, birth defects, and various autoimmune disorders. These illnesses are potentially linked to ionizing radiation poisoning although what is required is a epidemiological study on how low-level radiation effects humans over decade.

This film documents those (mostly women) who have mobilized to get answers, created a powerful coalition and continue to fight for environmental justice.  St. Louis, Missouri is the case study for how legacy radioactive sites, in suburban areas, are presently being mismanaged and mishandled by federal and state agencies and private corporations who are supposed to be accountable.

Updated: 2022-04-12
Doug Oetter
Sustainability, Office of