Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 31 Aug

Have the City of East Chicago and the EPA kissed and made up? WBEZ’s Michael Puente reported last evening the two are working to “mend” their relationship. Puente also has two Periscope videos from today visiting by Indiana Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg:

NWI Times reports that HUD is leaving “no stone unturned” to find more money to aid dislocated West Calumet Complex residents, yet residents at the sparsely attended EPA open house yesterday walked out without concrete answers.

The Post-Tribune reports that the EPA hopes to begin remediation work in zone 3 (East Calumet) this autumn and has no plans to relocate residents. They also report that HUD will cover moving expenses and security deposits to dislocated West Calumet Complex residents, but residents have another story, one not told here.

CNN featured East Chicago yesterday afternoon.

NBC Chicago’s Charlie Wojciechowski reported from East Chicago yesterday afternoon, covering the EPA’s open house and the press conference from private attorneys representing individual West Calumet Complex families.

Video from the Times captured on the day residents helped distribute moving kits in the West Calumet Complex.’s Philip Lewis features East Chicago and other US cities dealing with lead issues.

Chicago-based journalist Kari Lyderson spoke with residents of the West Calumet Complex for Britain’s The Guardian.

WBUR in Boston, Massachusetts interviews East Chicago organizer and former West Calumet Complex resident Juan Fernandez. NPR also published this report.

The Northwest Indiana Gazette goes into more detail about Hammond mayor Thomas McDermott’s criticism of the NWI Times and US Representative Pete Visclosky.

Time magazine ran a brief feature this afternoon.


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