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U.S. EPA holds Jan. 27 Pilsen Open House

Contact Information: 
Joshua Singer (singer.joshua@epa.gov)
Francisco Arcaute (arcaute.francisco@epa.gov)

For Immediate Release No. 16-OPA001

(Chicago, Jan. 21) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to discuss upcoming soil sampling in a section of Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

EPA will be asking for permission from property owners to take samples within the residential area bounded by 18th Place to the north, an alley halfway between Allport Street and Racine Avenue to the east, 21st Street to the south, and Loomis Street to the west.

The open house will be in the basement of Holy Trinity Croatian Church, 1850 S. Throop St. The open house is at 5:30 p.m., public meeting at 6:30 p.m. EPA personnel will be on hand to answer questions - in English and Spanish - about soil sampling in the Pilsen Area Soils site.

EPA has been investigating lead contamination in Pilsen since 2011, when the Agency became involved with a cleanup at the former Loewenthal Smelter.

For information and to download the access agreement, visit: www.epa.gov/il/pilsen-area-soil-site.