Joplin residents look through the remains of their house on May 24,two days after an EF-5 tornado devastated the city. The EPA will provide $500,000 to test and clean up lead-contaminated soil in residential areas exposed by the tornado and recovery.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency will provide the city of Joplin, Mo. with $500,000 to help test and clean up lead-contaminated soils that were exposed by the May 22 tornado that devastated the city.
The money from the Superfund program will allow the city to hire one full-time and one part-time person to coordinate a soil testing and remediation plan. The funds will also pay for a vehicle, equipment, supplies and travel expenses.
Missouri's housing agency has rejected a proposal to bypass new federal wage standards for tornado recovery projects.
A Missouri Housing Development Commission recovery plan requires workers on state-subsidized projects to be paid the prevailing federal wage used on federally funded public works projects. Those wages rose substantially in September.
Nixon wants Mo. universities to consider tapping into reserves to plug hole in budget
Gov. Jay Nixon wants five Missouri universities to consider tapping their reserves and provide funding to the state's higher education system. Nixon's proposal would call for the universities to provide the state $107 million from their reserves. The state would use that money to help avoid deep funding cuts to Missouri's public colleges and universities. The state would repay the schools over seven years with money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.
Motorola Solutions has been awarded a $75 million contract to design a radio system for first responders in St. Louis County.
The system will allow more than 150 police departments, fire departments, paramedics and other public safety agencies to communicate directly with each other by radio. Officials say their inability to do that makes it difficult to respond to disasters effectively.