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EPA Chief Pruitt To Visit East Chicago Superfund Site

East Chicago's Calumet neighborhood is an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

Photo: Annie Ropeik (IPB News)

East Chicago's Calumet neighborhood is an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

Indiana officials say U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will visit a lead-contaminated Superfund site in East Chicago later this month.U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced the April 19 visit on Tuesday. Each had invited Pruitt to visit the site after President Donald Trump appointed him to the position.

The EPA said last month that it was preparing to begin remediation work on nearly 200 properties within the Superfund site that have high concentrations of lead and arsenic in the soil. The site includes the Chicago suburb’s Calumet neighborhood, where about a thousand people lived in a public housing complex.

Holcomb has declared the area a disaster emergency.

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