East Chicago Site Targeted For 'Intense' Remediation

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included a northwest Indiana property on its list of Superfund sites that are "targeted for immediate and intense attention." The old USS Lead property in East Chicago, also known as U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery Inc., will receive remediation work designed to accelerate redevelopment efforts.

The actions, the EPA says, include more direct involvement from Administrator Scott Pruitt. The response could include: encouraging and supporting timely negotiations with potentially responsible parties, working with all interested parties to determine whether a site will be listed on the NPL, facilitating finalization of remedy decisions and facilitating dialogue with interested parties on redevelopment opportunities.

The agency says the specific work in East Chicago involves complete all soil remediation in several property zones. It says this initial group of sites is intended to be dynamic and considerations include those that could "benefit from Administrator Pruitt's direct engagement and have identifiable actions to protect human health and the environment."

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