November 30, 2017

EPA To Clean Another East Chicago Industrial Site


A makeshift construction site in the USS Lead Superfund site, which neighbors the former DuPont facility.  - Nick Janzen/IPB News

A makeshift construction site in the USS Lead Superfund site, which neighbors the former DuPont facility.

Nick Janzen/IPB News

The Environmental Protection Agency will spend more than $22 million to clean up a former DuPont facility in East Chicago, Indiana.

It sits right next to the much-talked about USS Lead Superfund site, which is heavily contaminated with lead and arsenic. Thousands of residents live in the Superfund site and the EPA has cleaned up more than 200 homes so far.

The former DuPont site is not a Superfund, but is contaminated with lead and arsenic, as well as zinc and cadmium. The EPA plans to replace the contaminated soil with clean soil and treat contaminated groundwater.

The agency started a 60-day comment period this week and will hold a public meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2018.

DuPont declined to comment on this story. The company no longer owns property in East Chicago, although its sister company, Chemours, does.

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