Flint Had Lead In The Water; This Town Has Lead In The Land
The government's lead threshold for emergency cleanup is 1,200 parts per million. At one property in East Chicago, the lead count was 75 times that.By Jamal Andress | August 25, 2016
The scenario is familiar — black community, negligence and lead poisoning. But instead of Flint, Michigan, this is East Chicago, Indiana.
"They had a water crisis there; looks like we may have a land crisis here," Sen. Lonnie Randolph told CBS 2 Chicago.
East Chicago's West Calumet Housing Complex, which houses about 1,000 residents, is being demolished due to lead-contaminated soil. The public complex was built in the shadows of two major lead plants in the 1970s.