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Zone 2, USS Lead Superfund Site

Update - February 2020

Zone 2Zone 2 Soil Remediation

The 2019 construction season began April 2019 with a total of 185 properties targeted for cleanup. All residential properties that granted access for remediation were cleaned in 2019, with the exception of a few properties that requested cleanup next construction season. As of the end of the 2019 construction season, 765 properties were excavated and restored in Zone 2. The parties responsible for the contamination continued to conduct the 2019 cleanup work under a legal framework called a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) with EPA oversight during the remediation activities.

EPA recently completed the soil sampling at all remaining residential properties within Zone 2. Of the 597 properties in Zone 2, 594 have been sampled.  Only three non-residential properties remain to be sampled. EPA is working directly with the industrial/commercial property owner of these properties to obtain access.

In Zone 2, only 28 properties still require cleanup. EPA anticipates that the cleanup of these remaining 28 properties, with the exception of properties where access has not been granted, will be completed during the 2020 construction season.

Prior to soil cleanup work, the PRP construction workers will meet with the owner of each property that requires cleanup to discuss details of the work on their property. In general, workers will dig up and remove contaminated soil up to 2-feet deep and replace it with clean soil, including 6 inches of topsoil. Sod will be placed over the clean soil and each yard’s landscaping will be restored to its original condition. All work will be done at no cost to the homeowner. Contaminated soil from Zone 2 will be transported to a licensed landfill for proper disposal.

Zone 2 Indoor Dust Sampling and Cleanings

Dust sampling activities were conducted throughout the 2019 construction season, following the excavation and restoration of properties. Indoor dust samples are collected with the resident’s permission once exterior work is completed at the property. Dust is collected and tested for lead and arsenic. Houses showing results above EPA safe levels are cleaned with the resident’s permission. Contractors for the PRPs are currently conducting the interior sampling and cleanings under a UAO. Interior dust sampling and cleaning, if necessary, will continue during the 2020 construction season at properties were exterior work is completed. EPA continues efforts to obtain access from property owners for interior sampling at residences where the soil was cleaned in previous years and who have not yet responded to previous attempts for access.


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 597 properties in zone 2.

Zone map

Information for Residents in Zone 2 

Health Concerns
Including childhood lead exposure and blood lead testing

City of East Chicago Health Department
100 W. Chicago Ave.

Lead Testing hours at the Health Department
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(Results will return between 1 - 2 weeks)

Indiana State Department of Health
2 N. Meridian St.

Your Community Health Center

1313 W. Chicago Ave.

Indiana Lead Protection Program
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. The Indiana Lead Protection Program can help protect your family from lead in your home.

About the Program
FREE lead testing and lead hazard control including health and safety repairs to qualifying homes. The program is available to qualified homeowners, rental occupants and rental property owners. Lead-hazard repair work may include windows, doors, painting and special cleaning.

There is NO COST whether you own or rent your home. Rental property owners must also agree to participate in the program before work can begin on your unit. For more information about the Lead Protection Program Exitplease visit their website.

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