Mark N. Templeton on the EPA's Soil Cleanup at an East Chicago Elementary School

EPA digs up lead, arsenic from old school grounds

EAST CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing removal this summer of nearly 7,050 tons of contaminated soil from the old Carrie Gosch Elementary School.

The cleanup began July 8 despite a local advocacy group raising concerns that the site requires further investigation and sampling before the agency can properly unearth the contamination there.

“The fact that we raised these concerns several months ago, and the EPA proceeded to move forward without addressing these concerns, once again shows EPA’s failure to communicate effectively with residents,” said Mark Templeton, an attorney at the University of Chicago Law School's Abrams Environmental Law Clinic working with the local group.

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