Environment & Energy Report

EPA Proposes Partly Removing Indiana Homes’ Superfund Status (3)

July 7, 2020, 2:17 PMUpdated: July 7, 2020, 9:06 PM

Residents of an Indiana neighborhood that was partially evacuated due to extensive lead contamination were left out of the EPA’s proposal to remove Superfund status from more than 670 of their properties, community advocates said.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday that part of the U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery, Inc. Superfund site in East Chicago, Ind., be removed from the agency’s National Priorities List. The EPA and the state did not notify community representatives of the agency’s intent to do so, said Mark Templeton, director of the University of Chicago’s environmental law clinic.

Templeton, who works with the community’s...

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