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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."

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