2016 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:14:39 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, FORMER SITES: "Radioactive waste ... in North St. Louis County" (MO)
Casualties of War
Radioactive waste from the nation’s atomic past could be connected to the high number of cancers and rare illnesses in North St. Louis County.

Earth Island Journal
Spring, 2016

Patricia Barry arrives at the St. Louis Bread Company to meet with me. I’d seen photos of her earlier so she’s easy to spot. She had also texted ahead to say: “Look for the world’s cutest baby.” Barry is a beautiful and vibrant woman. You would never know she is the mother of four small children all under the age of nine, including a set of twins and the aforementioned world’s cutest toddler. You would also never know that this 33-year-old was recently diagnosed with stage-three appendix cancer. 

Barry grew up in a sweet house in North St. Louis County, Missouri, the last home on a dead-end street in a lush, green, densely-populated suburb of St. Ann, a few miles south of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Behind her house was a wooded area with a meandering waterway called Coldwater Creek. It was a perfect childhood home, made for spending hot summer days exploring the outdoors. “We’d spend all our free time outside,” recalls Barry, who now lives in Chesterfield, a neighborhood about 18 miles from her former home. “My dad built us swings and we played in the wooded area and in the creek, making houses with branches and sticks and anything we could find.” 


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