Zone 2, USS Lead Superfund Site
Update - June 2018
Excavation and restoration work for the 2018 construction season started on May 29, 2018. Contractors for the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) are conducting the remediation work under a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO). The contractors are aiming to excavate and restore up to 140 properties this year and they are in the process of reaching out to those homeowners to schedule pre-construction meetings. EPA will be onsite to monitor their work and answer any questions residents may have.
Zone 2 Indoor Dust Sampling and Cleanings
Dust sampling activities will resume in Zone 2 in mid-June, following the excavation and restoration of properties scheduled for this year. Contractors for the PRPs will be conducting the interior sampling and cleanings under a UAO and they will begin scheduling interior sampling once restoration work is under way.
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.