Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 13 Sept

The lead crisis is becoming an issue in Indiana gubernatorial race. As reported by Indiana Public Media yesterday, Democratic candidate John Gregg criticized state Republicans for failing to acknowledge the issue and for failing to push the federal government into greater action. GOP candidate and current Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb defends the efforts of the state and the US EPA.

WBEZ reporter Michael Puente and East Chicago organizer Thomas Frank joined Morning Shift for a longer discussion of the Calumet lead crisis. A key point in the 13-minute report is the mention that the local utility agency (NIPSCO) saw data on the severity of soil contamination long before the city of East Chicago and Calumet residents did. The discussion also distinguishes the situation here from the Flint crisis and speaks to the situation for homeowners in the Calumet community.

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