East Chicago Lead Contamination Crisis

Governor Candidates on East Chicago Lead

Sep 12, 2016

Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg accuses the state government of not doing enough when it comes to East Chicago’s lead contamination crisis.

East Chicago is grappling with a lead contamination crisis in the city’s Calumet neighborhood. Some local residents were disappointed the issue was not addressed at a meeting of the city’s governing body Thursday.

The US Environmental Protection Agency briefed East Chicago’s Common Council on the lead contamination in a private meeting two weeks ago. Some residents hoped to hear those details this week, in the counsel’s regularly scheduled public meeting, including Darie Gibbs –

School Lead Protocol

Sep 6, 2016

An East Chicago elementary school next to a lead contamination site has relocated to a former middle school across the city. It’s a safety measure school officials say they feel is necessary. Schools don’t currently have a set protocol for handling a lead contamination crisis.

Indiana is a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education. That group says they can no longer look at lead in schools as isolated incidents.

“ThinkProgress.org” health writer Alex Zielenski’s been looking into the East Chicago lead contamination issue and posted an article about three weeks ago about it — as well a new national development just two weeks ago, involving the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the lead standards it is responsible for monitoring.   Here is the entire conversation, as aired on Tuesday on “Regionally Speaking.” 

East Chicago Residents Scramble For Info After Lead Found In Soil

Sep 2, 2016

Byron Duke Florence was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and although he’s lived in other places, he’s always returned back to the town he considers home. He now owns the house he grew up with and lives there with his mother and other family members.

Standing on the sidewalk outside his house, he waves at every car that drives by and has a friendly conversation with the mail carrier as she walks down the block. It’s his home that he loves, but in the last few months he’s changed his mind.

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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