Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay

Photo by Evie Hemphill / St. Louis Public Radio

Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri urged Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D) Maryland to launch an immediate congressional investigation into the General Services Administration’s Public Building Service Management regarding what he calls "repeatedly, unresolved instances of unsafe work conditions"  at the Federal Center at 4300 Goodfellow in North St. Louis to serious health risks.

In a letter to his colleague Chairman Cummings, Clay, who is a senior member of the Oversight and Reform committee said, in-part:

“I am writing to request that the Oversight and Reform Committee immediately commence an investigation of the General Services Administration’s Public Building Service Management (PBS).

The Inspector General of the U.S. General Services Administration has properly concluded that the PBS failed to protect the health and safety of St. Louis’ federal workers housed at the Goodfellow Federal Center.

Subject to a July 2016 notice issued by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), GSA’s Inspector General subsequently found that PBS management had failed to take adequate action to protect tenants, contractors and visitors from hazards at the Goodfellow Federal Center due to ineffective environmental management programs, policies and guidance.

It appears the deficiencies of PBS’s environmental program are systematic and cultural at both the regional and national levels, based on continued employee contentions and previous audits.”

According to a news release from Clay’s office, federal employees at the Goodfellow location have repeatedly complained of numerous unexplained health conditions that may be related to exposure to mold, toxins and other dangerous contaminants.

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