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EPA Finishes Cleanup at Indy Superfund Site

Soil in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood was contaminated from years of smelting by American Lead.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The year-long EPA cleanup project at Indy's American Lead Superfund site is finally over.

The agency says it has "completed removal of known lead-contaminated soil" in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.

The contamination came from the American Lead smelter that stood at 2102 Hillside Avenue from 1946 to 1965.

Workers dug up over 25,000 tons of lead-filled soil from 101 properties -- including a playground and daycare -- and hauled it to a landfill for proper management. 

The contaminated soil was replaced with new, clean soil and restored grass and landscaping.

The EPA will continue to sample soil in the neighborhood to determine if additional soil removal is needed.

Find out more about the American Lead Superfund site here.

(Photos courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.) 

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