The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finished removing lead-contaminated soil from 101 properties at the American Lead site in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood of Indianapolis.
EPA began the Superfund removal project in 2016 and will continue to sample soil at additional area properties in 2017 as part of its assessment of long-term cleanup options for the site.
“We are going to be continuing sampling, testing residential properties for the presence of lead contaminated soils that can be attributed back to the American Lead facility,” says remedial project manager in the superfund division, Kat Thomas.
The site is located in a former industrial area dating back to the late 1800s, and a secondary smelter operated there from 1946-1965. Between 2005 and 2007, EPA directed NL Industries’ time-critical action to remove lead-contaminated soil at 224 properties.
More information is available at https://www.epa.gov/in/american-lead-site