She will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the Swanson Academic Center, Room 113. Admission is free and open to the public. Keon also will be available to sign copies of her book, “Tombstone Town: Left for Dead, Marked with a Tombstone, A Toxic Town Fights Back.”
Keon chaired for 12 years the Environmental Protection Agency-sanctioned St. Louis CAG, a group of volunteer citizens who spearheaded the cleanup of sites contaminated with chemicals and radioactive waste by a now-defunct DDT manufacturing facility.
“Jane Keon has devoted a lot of time and energy in leading her community’s environmental clean-up efforts,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “Her book describes the persistence of community volunteers in dealing with local, state and federal agencies. She models for our students how to use what they learn in the classroom to better their communities.”
Her book serves as a memoir of the first 16 years of the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force, which worked closely with the City of St. Louis, Alma College faculty and students, and other agencies. The EPA continues to work with the town of St. Louis to end the deaths of robins from DDT poisoning and to clean up a failed Superfund site that is leaking into the Pine River.
Keon was honored by Alma College in 2011 with the Community Service Award and by the City of St. Louis with the Spirit of St. Louis Award, and in 2014 by the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy for her efforts in protecting and preserving the Pine River. In 2008, Alma College and the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force were the recipients of the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration, given annually for collaborators who work in exceptional ways to improve lives and enhance learning.
A memoir of the first 16 years of the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force, a Community Advisory Group (CAG) in St. Louis, Michigan. Jane Keon chaired the group for 12 years as they volunteered as citizen overseers of sites contaminated with chemicals and radioactive waste. EPA is working with the town to end the deaths of robins from DDT poisoning, and to clean up a failed Superfund site that is leaking into the Pine River.
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