Zone 2, USS Lead Superfund Site
Update - Oct. 2018
Excavation and restoration work for the 2018 construction season started on May 29, 2018. Excavation work was completed in late October 2018, and maintenance of restored properties will continue through November. Contractors for the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) are conducting the remediation work under a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO). The contractors had an initial goal to excavate and restore 140 properties in 2018; the actual number of properties cleaned this construction season was 178. EPA is onsite to monitor their work and answer any questions residents may have.
Zone 2 Indoor Dust Sampling and Cleanings
Dust sampling activities resumed in Zone 2 in mid-June, following the excavation and restoration of properties scheduled for this year. Contractors for the PRPs are currently conducting the interior sampling and cleanings under a UAO. Interior sampling is scheduled once restoration work is under way. Interior sampling and cleaning activities will continue throughout the winter.
Zone 2: The residential area of the Calumet neighborhood located between the West Calumet Housing Complex on the west, the Elgin Joliet and Eastern Railway on the east, E. 151st Street to the south and E. Chicago Avenue to the north. There are 587 properties in zone 2.
Information for Residents in Zone 2
EPA community involvement coordinators have gone door-to-door warning residents not to allow children to play in dirt and providing information on ways to reduce exposure to possible lead in soil. Exposure to high levels of lead in soil can cause various health problems, especially in young children.
To ensure the health and safety of children, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, or ATSDR, advises parents to prevent children from playing in dirt or mulch, to wash their children’s toys regularly and to wash children’s hands after they play outside. All residents should remove shoes before walking into their homes.