West Calumet Housing Complex – East Chicago, Ind.
Update - May 2018
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the East Chicago Housing Authority have decided to demolish the former West Calumet Housing Complex – part of zone 1 of the Superfund site. All residents have moved out. EPA has been working closely with HUD to ensure demolition of the complex does not pose environmental or health risks to the surrounding neighborhoods. HUD has agreed to a number of safety measures including air-quality monitors, dust-control measures, truck-washing stations, stormwater run-off control, and street sweepers. EPA will review and comment on the demolition plan prior to work beginning. EPA will monitor the demolition to ensure the safety measures are effective.
EPA's initial record of decision, released in 2012, planned to clean up the contaminated soil at the housing complex without displacing residents or tearing down any buildings. As a result of the decision to demolish the complex, EPA is revising the feasibility study for zone 1 and evaluating revised cleanup options. The city of East Chicago has stated this parcel of land will be zoned as residential. When the revised feasibility study is complete, the public will have an opportunity to review and submit comments.
West Calumet residents may have their children’s blood lead tested by calling the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8467.
To learn about preventing children’s exposure to lead, visit: Prevent Children’s Exposure to Lead
Results of Lead and Arsenic Testing
EPA took soil samples from front and back yards at all residences in the complex starting in December 2014 and continuing into 2015. Personally identifiable information has been removed.