Radioactive contamination was discovered at an elementary school in a St. Louis, Missouri, suburb located near a site were nuclear weapons were made during World War II, according to a new report by environmental consultants.
Samples were taken from the fields and playgrounds around the school, as well as locations inside, including the library, kitchen, and classrooms.
"I was heartbroken," President of the Jana Parent-Teacher Association Ashley Bernaugh, whose son attends the school, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after reading the report.
Boston Chemical's report said a "significant remedial program" would be required to bring the conditions in line with acceptable levels, given the radioactive contamination discovered both inside and outside the school building.
Betsey Rachel, the president of the Hazelwood School District Board, told the Post-Dispatch the report would be addressed at the upcoming session on Tuesday.