Ongoing efforts to clean up contamination left in the region from lead mining is the focus of a Newsmakers program airing the first part of October on KGCS-TV.  Major clean-up efforts began more than 20 years ago when the Environmental Protection Agency came to the Joplin area.  Those endeavors continue today.

In addition to the clean-up of chat piles and other debris, projects have focused in Joplin on the damage in the area affected by the 2011 tornado.

Guests share information about the remediation efforts.  They include Mark Doolan, EPA Remedial Project Manager, Tony Moehr, Jasper County Health Department Director, and Dan Pekarek, Joplin Health Department Director.

Airdates on KGCS include:

Wed. Oct. 2 – 9:30 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 6 – 6 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 7 – 5:30 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 8 – 5:30 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 9 – 5:30 p.m.

The program will also air on KOAM-TV at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.  The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.