Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 23 Sept

The AP report in today’s Post Tribune takes a longer look at factors resulting in the East Chicago lead crisis; they almost name names (referring circumstantially but not directly to former longtime boss Robert Pastrick and even recently convicted former Calumet community councilor Robert Battle.) State Senator Lonnie Randolph, now East Chicago’s elder political-statesman who has held the office not just since 2008 but also between 1993 and 1998, escapes such similar scrutiny.

Indiana Public Media ran a cursory rundown of the crisis, entirely from an institutional point of view. Lakeshore Public Media has a map of Indiana Superfund sites and gives a rundown of decades of inaction. On the EPA’s Hazard Ranking System scored from 0-100 Calumet registered at 58.1, considerably higher than the 28.5 level that makes state and federal cleanup funds eligible. 

Indiana Libertarian Party candidate for Congress Donna Dunn joined an IUPUI professor to take soil samples beyond the Calumet community. They will release their findings at NWI Gazette.

This Saturday the EPA is hosting an open house for residents in zones 2 and 3, at Riley Park from 2-5pm. Residents organizing as We The People East Chicago are working for the creation of a community advisory group.

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