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Zone 2, USS Lead Superfund Site

Update - December 2017

Zone 2Zone 2 Soil Remediation

Excavation and restoration work was completed at 109 properties during the 2017 construction season in Zone 2. Active construction efforts began April 2017 and were completed on schedule in November 2017. Highlights from this construction season were the remediation of two highly utilized parks and two daycare facilities. In total, EPA removed 20,116 tons of lead and/or arsenic contaminated soil from Zone 2 properties this construction season.

Zone 2 Indoor Dust Sampling and Cleanings

Dust sampling activities are still underway in Zone 2.  To date, 88 residences have been dust sampled with results back for 80 of them.  Of the 80 residences, 46 had at least one sample above the site specific screening value for lead or arsenic.  Interior cleanings have been completed at 39 of those properties with 3 properties declining access for cleaning and the remaining are scheduled or yet to be scheduled.


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.

Zone map

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.

Fact Sheets

Don't Let Kids Play in Dirt