EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to begin removing soil this weekend from northwest Indiana residential properties contaminated with hazardous levels of lead and arsenic.
The Times of Northwest Indiana reports the cleanup is scheduled to start Sunday and targets 19 homes in East Chicago where soil tested for the highest concentrations of pollutants. Several hundred other yards will be addressed next year.
The work is taking place in the easternmost portion of the city’s Calumet neighborhood, known as zone 3 of a large EPA Superfund cleanup site. The area was contaminated by smelters that operated for decades.
Most of the recent attention has focused on a public housing complex built over a former lead facility in another part of the site where residents have been ordered to leave.