EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Indiana health officials say they’re offering another location where East Chicago residents affected by elevated levels of lead and arsenic can get help.
The Indiana State Department of Health says the extra location will offer affected residents blood lead testing, flu shots, birth certificates and childhood immunizations. A center already has been available at the West Calumet Housing Complex’s recreation center. The new center will be at Riley Park in East Chicago.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has told complex residents that they have until Nov. 30 to relocate after soil was found to be tainted with elevated levels of lead and arsenic. The city of East Chicago is planning to demolish the low-income complex.
The area was contaminated by smelters and other industrial sites that operated for decades.