East Chicago residents relocated due to lead in soil
East Chicago officials are reporting that as many as 1,200 residents were informed that it would be safer if they relocated from a housing complex because of health risks from lead in the soil around their homes. In a letter residents began receiving this week, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland said the EPA recently informed the city and the East Chicago Housing Authority that the ground within the public housing complex had high levels of arsenic and lead. Copeland had ordered the East Chicago Health Department to offer lead testing to housing complex residents and their children. About 66% of the residents that were advised to relocate are children. The neighborhood is a part of a 79 acre U.S. EPA Superfund site that was the former home to the US Steel Lead facility.
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