Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 27 Aug

The anger is palpable. Today it was displayed through generosity, organization, community, graciousness. The question of security deposits is very much the talk of zone 1 residents in West Calumet.

This morning members of the National Nurses United, Black Lives Matter NW Indiana-Gary, and more than two dozen volunteers canvassed West Calumet Complex with a health survey. This afternoon residents from East Chicago and their friends from across the Region delivered personal care kits and moving supplies.

WBEZ’s Michael Puente released a 12-minute audio interview with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Acting Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan.

Fox News Chicago contributed their first story last evening.

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One comment on “Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 27 Aug

  1. Why would anyone suspect an industry that was making 440 tons of lead per day in 1914 and operated from 1906 to 1985 would pose any public health hazard?

    Dateline East Chicago, Indiana 1985:

    “Vicinity of USS Lead Refining – The lead levels ranged from 100 mg/kg at point 11U to 11,000 mg/kg at point 12U with six locations containing lead levels in excess of 1100 mg/kg.”

    See: [ https://semspub.epa.gov/work/05/424351.pdf ] ‘Inspection Report of Hammond Lead and USS Lead Refining Soil Survey – Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana’ by Central District Office, Environmental Services Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V, Chicago, Illinois, October 15, 1985 , Page 2.

    So the evidence shows that U.S. EPA knew in 1985 that Lead levels almost three times the current “clean-up” standard of less than 400 mg/kg of lead in bare soil in children’s play areas were present in the area of West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana.

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