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New EPA Cleanup Planned for East Chicago

The agency says land once used by DuPont is contaminated with arsenic, lead, zinc and cadmium.

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. -- The EPA is planning another cleanup at an East Chicago industrial site.

The agency says 440-acres of land once used by DuPont is poisoned by years of industrial use and the soil and groundwater are contaminated with arsenic, lead, zinc and cadmium.

The plan is to remove 61,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, treat the water, put a fence around the site, and make sure the site meets health and safety rules. 

The Chicago Tribune says project will cost $22.6 million.

The EPA will present their plan and take questions from the public Jan. 10 at the Pastrick Branch Library.

Residents will have until January 26 to give feedback on the proposal. An EPA fact sheet on the project can be found here

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