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Clay, EPA seek public comments at hearing on Carter Carburetor site

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2010 - EPA Regional Director Karl Brooks is slated to join U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, next Monday at a public hearing to talk about the long-delayed federal cleanup of the Carter Carburetor site, an old industrial property at 2800 to 2840 North Spring St.

The site is a former gasoline and diesel carburetor manufacturing plant.

Clay announced today that the hearing is to be held next Monday, at 6 p.m. at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, 2901 North Grand Ave. Aides say he is pleased that the session has been scheduled and hopes a large crowd shows up to offer their views of what they'd like to see at the site.

Said the congressman in a statement: "As many of you know, I have been pushing the EPA, the city of St. Louis and the former owners to clean up this very dangerous site which puts children's health at risk and impedes development for the entire neighborhood."

"What would you like to see at this site? What kind of jobs would you want to have in your neighborhood?" he said. "This public hearing is a major step toward a safe solution that protects residents, safeguards children, and prepares the site for badly needed job creation."

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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