East Chicago Residents Forced To Relocate After Surprise Lead Contamination

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In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, a sign from the Environmental Protection Agency is posted in front of West Calumet Housing Complex houses at East Chicago, Ind. The EPA has detected high levels of lead in samples of dust and dirt tracked inside homes where soil is tainted with industrial contaminants. (Tae-Gyun Kim/AP)

In East Chicago, Indiana, a public housing complex is scheduled for demolition because of lead contamination in the soil. More than a thousand residents are struggling to relocate to new homes.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with community volunteer Juan Fernandez, a former resident of the West Calumet Housing Complex, about providing moving kits to affected families.

If you want to find out more about Fernandez’ efforts to help West Calumet Housing Project residents, you can email him at ec4people@gmail.com.


Juan Fernandez, community volunteer and former resident of the West Calumet Housing Complex.

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