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EPA Reschedules Meeting, Public Comment On East Chicago Cleanup

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At a November 2018 meeting, Joseph Browder says East Chicago residents need to be informed of who they can contact about their concerns at the city (Rebecca Thiele/IPB News)

East Chicago residents are getting another chance to voice their concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup at part of the USS Lead Superfund site. 

The agency wants to remove lead and arsenic contaminated soil from the area where the West Calumet Housing Complex once stood. The EPA proposed cleaning the site to residential standards, unless the city takes an offer from an industrial or commercial company. Then the site would be cleaned to a lower standard.

Due to the government shutdown, the EPA canceled a public meeting on the cleanup three weeks ago. Another meeting is set for Wednesday Feb. 13 at the old Carrie Gosch School in East Chicago at 6 p.m. Central Time.

The EPA is also having another the 30-day public comment period on the cleanup from Feb. 11 to March 13.

Indiana Environmental reporting is supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Grand Challenge project developing Indiana-specific projections and informed responses to problems of environmental change.

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