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Verhoff Presents on West Lake Landfill

November 05, 2014

Gwendolyn Verhoff  

Gwendolyn Verhoff, Ph.D., professor of history at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, recently participated in a program to provide information to the community about the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill.

The event was sponsored by JustMomsSTL, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Franciscan Sisters of Mary, Mo. Rep. William Otto and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

Verhoff opened the program with remarks about the history of the site and the nature of public opinion on nuclear production at midcentury. Lois Gibbs, founder of the Center for Health and Environmental Justice, also presented.

Verhoff holds a doctorate from Washington University. Her dissertation, titled “The Intractable Atom: The Challenge of Radiation and Radioactive Waste in American Life, 1942 to Present,” focused on uranium refining and the implications of nuclear waste and occupational illness. Verhoff is well versed on the nuclear sites in the St. Louis area.