( CNN) Environmentalists mention USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster infant of environmental injustice.
The people who live there are at risk of lead impurity at every turn. It’s in their clean drinking water and it’s in their soil. More than one thousand people were was necessary to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents. A local academy was shut down and a public housing complex was likewise evacuated after soil exams evidenced lead and arsenic impurity grades 228 times the amount the Environmental Protection Agency considers potentially hazardous to children.
It was the first superfund site EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has visited — making a trip there Wednesday — and relevant agencies said he was the first administrator to inspect this specific site. Pruitt visited “to discuss cleanup and hear directly from East Chicago tenants affected by impurity in their community, ” the agency said in a press release.
East Chicago is receiving $16.5 million in EPA State Revolving Fund( SRF) funding for drinking-water infrastructure upgrades.
EPA, the nation and the city are working together to coordinate lead service-line substitution with cleanup work to expedite consummation of the work and minimise disruptions.
EPA 54 dwellings with filters and bottled water while Superfund work was underway at those belongings in Zones 2 and 3. This time, Indiana will distribute filters to all residents in Zones 2 and 3.