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Atomic Homefront

In 1942, the U.S. government chose downtown St. Louis as a processing center of uranium for the first atomic bombs. Over the next 25 years, the radioactive waste from this processing center was moved to sites throughout the city’s northern and western suburbs and eventually dumped into the West Lake Landfill in North St. Louis County. But until recently, many residents living near the landfill were unaware the waste had become a ticking time bomb.

Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (the Oscar-nominated HBO documentaries God Is the Bigger Elvis and Which Way Home), the documentary Atomic Homefront exposes the lasting toxic effects nuclear waste can have on communities.
Focusing on a group of moms-turned-advocates in St. Louis and filmed over the course of three years beginning in 2014, Atomic Homefront looks at two communities seeking answers from corporations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government agencies. The residents of Bridgeton, Missouri live adjacent to an uncontrolled subsurface fire at the Bridgeton-West Lake Landfill, which is moving towards illegally dumped radioactive waste. In Florissant, Missouri, four miles from the landfill, the neighborhood waterway Coldwater Creek meanders through the suburbs for a 14-mile stretch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This documentary is currently showing on HBO and HBO On Demand. We have reported on the encroaching fire before, but this film really gets into how this radioactive waste left over from building atomic bombs has destroyed the lives of people in Bridgeton and along Coldwater Creek.