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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases second of three final reports on sampling results from Jana Elementary School


ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District released the second of three final reports today detailing the results of its findings from extensive sampling and testing at Jana Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri. The report, which is focused on the lead-210 sampling conducted under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP), confirms that the school is safe from a radiological standpoint. 

“Like the first report released April 25, this report also builds upon the preliminary results we shared with the community last November and It provides additional data from our structural surveys and sampling that confirms there are no areas of radiological concern in or around the school,” said Phil Moser, St. Louis District program manager for FUSRAP. “Our efforts to provide detailed information and data to the community continue. We are preparing the third and final report on our sampling and testing efforts which we anticipate sharing with the community by early June.”

The second report provides information and data-driven conclusions about lead-210 at Jana Elementary School. The report details how the concentrations of lead-210 are safe, consistent with natural background conditions, and not associated with historic activities performed as part of the nation’s early atomic energy program by the Manhattan Engineer District and Atomic Energy Commission. These conclusions are supported by the radiological data obtained from the 1,211 soil samples, 461 fixed-point measurements, 480 swipes, and nine dust and pavement samples collected as part of USACE’s sampling efforts.

The third and final report from the sampling activities USACE conducted in November 2022 is currently under development and will provide additional data on the sampling and testing activities that occurred outside the school building and on the playground. It is anticipated this report will be released by early June. USACE plans to hold a public meeting following the release of the third report to discuss the findings of all three reports with the community. 

The final reports, also known as Final Status Survey Evaluation reports, are available online under “Jana Elementary Final Reports” and can be viewed here: https://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/FUSRAP/

USACE remains actively engaged in activities to address community concerns about radioactive material along Coldwater Creek. Following the release of a third-party report indicating the presence of radiological materials at Jana Elementary School in October 2022, USACE determined that its own survey data was necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the students and teachers at Jana Elementary. USACE completed sampling efforts both inside and outside Jana Elementary School for radiological material in November 2022. In addition to finalizing these reports, USACE is advancing ongoing remediation efforts along Coldwater Creek authorized under FUSRAP.

Release no. 23-019

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