Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley is threatening to oppose the National Defense Authorization Act if it does not include compensation for St. Louis-area radiation victims.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the spending bill that includes the budgets for all of the U.S. armed forces. Hawley said in a social media post Wednesday that he will vote against the bill unless Senate leaders “include compensation for the victims of nuclear contamination in Missouri.” The Missouri Republican also said he would use “every available means” to slow the bill’s passage.

Atomic bombs were manufactured in St. Louis during World War II and radioactive waste was stored afterwards near Lambert International Airport. Some of that waste made its way into nearby Coldwater Creek in St. Louis County, and just over a year ago a nearby elementary school closed after readings showed elevated radiation levels on campus.

Also, numerous drums of radioactive waste were illegally dumped at a landfill in Bridgeton in the early 1970’s, according to the Missouri Independent.

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