Residents living in the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago will have opportunities to talk with the Environmental Protection Agency and learn more about its cleanup plans this month.
For Residents In Zone 2, Zone 3
On Saturday, Nov. 17, the EPA will discuss what it's already done to remediate these neighborhoods as well as plans for the future. So far, the agency has excavated lead and arsenic contaminated soil at more than 580 properties in the two affected neighborhoods east of the former West Calumet Housing Complex. The EPA expects to clean up soil at another 160 properties in those areas.
A public meeting on these construction updates will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon Central Time at the former Carrie Gosch Elementary School in East Chicago.
For Residents in Zone 1
The EPA has proposed a plan for cleanup in this neighborhood and is taking public comments on that plan through Jan. 14.
The agency plans to excavate the top two feet of lead and arsenic contaminated soil in this neighborhood and replace it with clean soil and grass seed or sod. The EPA says it won’t dig below that because that hasn’t been shown to better protect public health.
The EPA will host a public meeting on the plan at the Robert A. Pastrick Library in East Chicago on Thursday Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time.
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