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Zone 2, USS Lead Superfund Site

Update - June 2019

Zone 2Zone 2 Soil Remediation

2019 construction season began in April with a total of 185 properties targeted for cleanup this year. As of June 15, 2019, 105 properties have been excavated and 83 properties have been restored. EPA continues to pursue access to sample soil in remaining properties where access has not yet been granted. Soil sampling will occur occasionally throughout the year as access is granted on these few remaining properties. EPA anticipates that all remaining properties in Zone 2 that require cleanup, with the exception of properties where access has not been granted, will be completed this construction season.

The parties responsible for the contamination are conducting the 2019 cleanup work under a legal framework called a Unilateral Administrative Order with EPA oversight during the remediation activities.

Prior to soil cleanup work, EPA 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 have resumed in Zone 2, following the excavation and restoration of properties scheduled for this year. Indoor dust samples will be collected with the resident’s permission once exterior work is completed at the property. Dust will be collected and tested for lead and arsenic. Houses showing results above EPA safe levels will be 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 2019 construction season at properties were exterior work is completed. EPA continues to try to get access from property owners for interior sampling at residences where the soil was cleaned in 2017 and 2018 and who have not yet responded to previous attempts for access.

Background

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 

Health Concerns
Including childhood lead exposure and blood lead testing

City of East Chicago Health Department
100 W. Chicago Ave.
219-391-8467

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.
Indianapolis
317-233-9264

HealthLinc
Your Community Health Center

1313 W. Chicago Ave.
219-398-9685

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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