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.
The same group who requested federal assistance for Flint, Michigan, is now stepping in for East Chicago, Indiana.
East Chicago residents in the West Calumet Housing Complex have until March 1 to renew their Section 8 housing vouchers, given out late last year.
Public schools in the Hoosier state will be able to test drinking water at no cost.