Nuclear Hotseat #244: SPECIAL – Atoms Next Door: St. Louis Nuclear Nightmare w/Dr. Caldicott, Bob Alvarez, West Lake Moms


“Atoms Next Door” and The St. Louis Nuclear Nightmare

In North St. Louis, World War II era nuclear weapons waste was dumped
into illegal landfills; improperly transported; and the people who lived literally next door were never warned about this invisible nightmare. 

This is the story of what this means right now.

A full-length NUCLEAR HOTSEAT SPECIAL report on the Atoms Next Door symposium on the St. Louis Nuclear Nightmare – World War II-era highly radioactive weapons manufacturing waste illegally buried in a flood plain of the Missouri River. It has been invisibly poisoning residents for over 40 years, resulting in cancer clusters, brain tumors in children, autoimmune diseases and  more. St. Louis Community College in Wildwood sponsored the event. Dr. Helen Caldicott flew in from Australia to be keynote speaker; Bob Alvarez, nuclear workers advocate Denise Brock, and revered Missouri environmentalist Kay Drey (DRY) addressed an overflow audience of more than 300 people and livestream viewers from around the world, including Nuclear Hotseat listeners from Wales, Ireland, France, and New Zealand.


A van tour through the nuclear “hot spots” of North St. Louis, with:

  • Dr. Helen Caldicott
  • Kay Drey
  • Byron DeLear
  • Dawn Chapman
  • Karen Nickel

Listen to the conversations as a donated Teamsters van filled with anti-nuclear activists tours Laddy Avenue, the Airport site, Coldwater Creek, St. Cyn Park, the Bridgeton Landfill and West Lake Landfill.

IMG_1692Dr. Helen Caldicott (l) with Libbe HaLevy



Nuclear Hotseat producer/host Libbe HaLevy (l) interviews photographer Christen Commuso (r) at the “Atoms Next Door” art show.

(Photo © Christen Commuso; used by permission)




Activists at the Art Show
(l-r) Libbe HaLevy, Byron DeLear, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dawn Chapman, Karen Nickel.


Pre- and Post-Symposium talks with audience members to get their take on their knowledge, what drew them to the event, and their feelings once it ended.



Kay Drey (l) hugs Mary Oscko after her emotional testimony at the “Atoms Next Door” Symposium

(Photo © Christen Commuso; used by permission)


Link to Livestream of Entire “Atoms Next Door” Symposium:




  1. Dennis F. Nester on

    Do ‘something’ Libbe! The late Dr, Roy, did and got sued by A.S.U. who claimed it was their property once they found out it was valid. A.S.U. lost in court. Then Dr. Roy got death threats, every night at 3 AM someone would call and say, “you will be dead in an hour”. …this Dr. Roy got for his genius. Dr. Radha Roy, professor of Physics emeritus, died September 17, 1994. He told me that the Roy Process, as reported by a worldwide Associated Press news story, will work as described. However, it will not be installed in time to do any good. Then on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima nuclear disaster further added invisible and deadly long-lived radiation to our food, water and atmosphere. The late Dr. Roy knew the nuclear industry from it’s foundations. He lamented to me that ‘politicians’ should not be able to ‘dictate’ science to the highest bidder.

    From an Email:
    I think its simply amazing, but the Asians understood this long ago and represented the dance of the Universe as that symbol for the ying and the yang.
    Dr. Roy was in a way another Tesla and represented a great danger to the psychopaths trying to eat the earth and everyone on it. He was a political prisoner of the bankers like Tesla, Werner von Braun, and others who have come to the US with a dream and woken up to a nightmare.
    ‘Safe’ burial of nuclear waste any where is impossible. It will leak out of any containment, explode, vent to the atmosphere, Then we eat, drink and breathe the radioactive fallout which sickens, maims and kills you. We can backwards engineer nuclear waste to zero radiation and produce electricity from the decay heat. Turn plutonium 239 to non-radioactive lead. First pass a federal Bill to allow viable alternatives,

    The late Dr. Roy invented the Roy Process right after TMI in 1979, Independent scientists said it was ‘entirely feasible’. Then President Reagan signed the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act which limited science to ‘burial’ of nuclear waste.

    ROY PROCESS PATENT CLAIM (dead) It costs a lot to defend a Patent.…/additional-uses-royprocess.html

    No Time To Waste: E.I.S. – The Roy Process
    for Neutralizing Nuclear Waste – About 18 min.

    Nuclear Storage: Explosive Developments by Chris Busby

  2. Dennis F. Nester on

    Published on Jun 12, 2012

    Published on Jun 12, 2012 by drdrwoland
    Chris Busby: the Forsmark nuclear waste Repository plan
    For more information visit

    The future of nuclear energy depends on the industry finding somewhere to put the high level waste. This is radioactive for millions of years and must be isolated from the environment. The hitherto intractable problem was apparently solved by the Swedish nuclear industry who proposed a plan to encapsulate it in copper canisters and bury it in tunnels 500m underneath the Baltic sea at Forsmark. The full environmental impact report was released last year; the government requirements are that the company SKB show that the waste will not emerge from the canisters between 100,000 years and 1 million years. After studying the report in detail it became clear that the design was flawed because it did not include consideration of the Helium gas produced from the alpha emitters. The volume of gas in each canister would cause it to explode long before 100,000 years resulting in the contamination of the Baltic Sea by the equivalent of 2000 Chernobyl accidents. Back to the drawing Board guys!

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    By the way, if you wish to contribute money to Professor Chris Busby, please contact me (MsMilkytheclown) on youtube and I will give you the paypal address to send funds to him. That was My idea – sending funds to him, not his, just so you know.

    *Note: Single radiation dose of 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) and above causes serious illness. See also exposure list below.
    Half-life of some radioactive elements

    [NOTE: Half-life is the time taken for a radioactive substance to decay by half.] * Cesium-134 ~ 2 years * Cesium-137 ~ 30 years * Iodine-131 ~ 8 days * Plutonium-239 ~ 24,200 years * Ruthenium-103 ~ 39 days [Ruthenium is a fission product of uranium-235.] * Ruthenium-106 ~ 374 days * Strontium-90 ~ 28.85 years [Strontium-90 is a product of nuclear fission and is found in large amounts in spent nuclear fuel and in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.] * Uranium-234 ~ 246,000 years * Uranium-235 ~ 703.8 million years * Uranium-238 ~ 4.468 billion years

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  4. Members of the CNSC tribunal have been asked publicly, at a public hearing, whether any of you live near a functioning nuclear generating station. Apparently, none of you do. Does this mean that tribunal members are able to view the possibility of a nuclear accident as merely “academic”?

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