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Saint Louis University names new president

Friday, 21 March 2014 09:53 Published in Local News

Saint Louis University has named Dr. Fred Pestello its' new president.  

Dr. Pestello is the school's 33rd president, replacing Fr. Lawrence Biondi who retired last year.  

The University’s Board of Trustees elected Dr. Pestello during a special meeting Thursday night. He is the first permanent lay president in SLU’s 196-year history.

Dr. Pestello is currently the president of Le Moyne College, a Jesuit liberal arts institution in Syracuse, N.Y.  

Prior to becoming Le Moyne’s president, Dr. Pestello spent nearly 25 years as a faculty member and provost at the University of Dayton.  

J. Joe Adorjan, chairman of Saint Louis University's Board of Trustees, says “Dr. Pestello has spent his entire career in Catholic higher education, and he understands and embraces SLU’s Jesuit mission.”  

Dr. Pestello officially assumes SLU’s presidency on July 1. 

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh will visit Scott Air Force Base Friday afternoon at the invitation of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.  

Senator Durbin chairs the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee which oversees discretionary spending for the nation’s military, including its bases.

The General, the Senator and other members of Congress will meet with leaders from the base and surrounding community to discuss Scott’s continued importance to the security of the nation and for the need to not only keep the base open, but consider it for expansion. 

Army Corps of Engineers will lead landfill cleanup

Friday, 21 March 2014 09:36 Published in Local News

After months of requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers take the lead in resolving the issues surrounding the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfills, the Environmental Protection Agency says the Corps will help construct an isolation barrier between an underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill and radioactive materials in the adjacent West Lake Landfill.  

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, EPA Region 7 administrator Karl Brooks wrote to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday saying he will keep Koster and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources closely informed about the status of the project.

Earlier this week, Koster urged the EPA to move quickly on the barrier.  The radioactive waste is a byproduct of the Manhattan Project and was dumped in North County illegally about 40 years ago.

Environmental groups and residents have been calling for the Army Corps to take over the cleanup of the Superfund site as the Corps has worked on other nuclear waste cleanup projects in the St. Louis area.

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