The government continues to oppose intervention by a group of East Chicago residents, who are asking for a larger role in the clean up of their neighborhood.
The federal agency said Wednesday that it will designate a "community involvement coordinator" who will be a point of contact for local residents.
The Indiana Finance Authority plans to test more than 700 schools for lead in their water.
House Bill 1344 designates East Chicago as "an area of special concern," and allocates resources for water and soil testing in the city.
Fifty-six families still live in the lead-tainted public housing complex, with 19 waiting to appeal their temporary relocation assignments.
Bone lead X-ray tests are more effective than other methods, but only three machines in the country can perform them – including one at Purdue University.
Grievance hearings will take place on Monday and Tuesday, but the deadline has taken a toll, forcing some residents to settle for less-than-ideal circumstances.
The March 31 deadline for residents to leave West Calumet Housing Complex or face relocation looms as the state says it's secured $2 million for demolition.
The agency’s new administrative settlement, announced Monday, adds a new company to those responsible for funding the cleanup.
Around 80 families still live in lead-contaminated public housing in East Chicago. They'll learn this week where the city will relocate them after March 31.