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EPA To Clean Another East Chicago Industrial Site

DuPont Cleanup

Photo: Nick Janzen/IPB News

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

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 over 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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  • bengal tiger

    So why are we taxpayers having to pay for this again?

    Is it because Corporate America has too many lawyers and lobbyists that somehow find loopholes that let those companies off the hook for cleaning up their own messes?

    I don’t care if they ‘bought’ or ‘merged’ or ‘took over’ a business through a hostile takeover, the current “owner” is responsible for cleaning up the mess. NOT THE TAXPAYERS.

  • lastcamp2

    Hey, Tiger! Who do you think owns and runs this country? As the man said, “It’s a big club, and you are not a member. You and I are not members of The Big Club.”
    The rise of American fascism includes the continuation of dominance of American government by Big Corporations and Big Money. As Carter said, America is no longer a functional democracy.
    So you and I, through our tax contributions, belong to the team that follows the corporate parade of elephants, dutifully sweeping the piles of dung left behind after corporations suck the goody out of everything and leave us with the clean-up and the bill. It’s called “exploitation.”

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