Zone 3, USS Lead Superfund Site
Update - Oct. 2018
Zone 3 Soil Remediation
Excavation and restoration work for the 2018 construction season started on May 15, 2018. Excavation work was completed in late October 2018, and maintenance of restored properties will continue through November. EPA met its original goal of cleaning up 120 properties this year. EPA is currently pursuing access to properties where soil has not yet been sampled and plans to sample the soil at those properties this year.
Zone 3 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 3: a neighborhood located between the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Line on the west, Parrish Avenue on the east, East 149th Place to the south and E. Chicago Avenue to the north.
Information for Residents in Zone 3
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.