East Chicago Lead Contamination Crisis

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly came to East Chicago on Friday to see for himself the lead contamination issue that’s forcing hundreds of people to move out of their homes in the West Calumet public housing project.

East Chicago Residents Fear The Unknown

Sep 2, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting further tests for lead contamination in East Chicago near the West Calumet Housing Complex and Carrie Gosch Elementary school. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, many worry the residential neighborhood has been unsafe for decades.

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland has released letters addressing the Environmental Protection Agency over concerns of lead contamination in the West Calumet Housing Complex.

Letter 1

Letter 2

The Indiana State Department of Health is helping provide free testing for residents of East Chicago after high levels of lead were detected in the soil.

The focus spot is a low-income housing complex with more than 1,000 families and about half of them with children.

Residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago are working with federal, state and local officials to find new homes because elevated levels of lead have been found in the ground around their home.

East Chicago: Free Testing for Lead Exposure

Aug 31, 2016

The Indiana State Department of Health is helping provide free testing for residents of East Chicago after high levels of lead were detected in the soil. Indiana’s Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan reports that the focus spot is a low-income housing complex with more than 1,000 families… about half of them children.

E.C. May Not Be Alone In Lead Contamination

Aug 31, 2016

It’s been over a month since residents at the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago were informed about the high levels of lead in the soil surrounding the complex. Despite the West Calumet residents just finding out about the high levels of lead a few weeks ago, this may not be the only location in Northwest Indiana that is lead-contaminated. Lakeshore Public Radio’s Melissa Stephens has more…

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