Jason Kander last night met with Just Moms STL, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the public health dangers associated with the radioactive West Lake landfill and finding a safe and permanent solution for its cleanup.
During the candidate forum, Jason spoke about the urgent need to clean up the West Lake landfill, noting the heartbreaking plight of the countless St. Louis families who, through no fault of their own, have been exposed to radioactive waste. In calling for action, Jason pledged to:
Support legislation that would transfer control to the Army Corps of Engineers FUSRAP program while providing increased funding to the FUSRAP program so it could begin cleanup swiftly;
Have a representative from his office or himself attend all Just Moms STL community meetings; and
Invite Just Moms STL to meet with him on his first day in office, noting it was a "top priority issue."
Senator Blunt's re-election campaign is managed by Andy Blunt, his son and lobbyist for Exelon, one of the companies potentially liable for clean-up costs at West Lake. A Super PAC supporting Senator Blunt is run by his former top aide and confidant Gregg Hartley, a lobbyist for Bridgeton Landfill, which directly borders West Lake and has an underground fire that is spreading toward the radioactive waste. Perhaps out of concern he'd be confronted about this glaring conflict of interest, Senator Blunt chose to skip the Just Moms STL candidate forum. Instead, he was at a campaign fundraiser at a country club only 15 minutes from the forum.
"Addressing the environmental crisis at the West Lake Landfill will be a top priority for me as a senator, which is why I attended the forum last night to speak to families impacted by this disaster," Kander said. "While I was very appreciative of the invitation to attend the Just Moms STL forum last night, Senator Blunt showed where his priorities are by skipping the forum and attending a campaign fundraiser at a country club 15 minutes away. He should be embarrassed that he made that decision, and now Missourians know that his main priority is his campaign, not them."