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East St. Louis / North Alcoa
3:18 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Cleanup of North Alcoa site in East St. Louis subject of public meeting Tues. night

Aerial view shows the North Alcoa site in East St. Louis. The inner boundary line indicates Operable Unit 1, the target of EPA's proposed cleanup plan. The three residue disposal ponds are marked with the dotted lines.
(via EPA.gov)

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting tonight in East St. Louis. 

The agency will to explain its proposed plan to clean up the North Alcoa site. The property is bounded on the north by Lake Drive, on the east by the Alton and Southern railroad, on the south by Missouri Avenue and on the west by 29th Street.

EPA's remedial project manager for the 400-acre site, Dion Novak, says the area is contaminated with waste products produced over 100 years ago by a former alumina refinery.

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President Obama
11:11 am
Wed May 18, 2011

President Obama at the State Department: Middle East & North Africa

(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

Today President Obama addresses the U.S. State Department on the events in the Middle East and North Africa and U.S. policy in the region. 

You can listen to the President's speech live below via NPR beginning at 10:20 a.m.: