This talk will discuss the work the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the Law School has done in East Chicago, Indiana. The Clinic represents community members living in a residential area affected by heavy metal contamination from multiple nearby sites governed by different federal statutes. The talk will focus on the ways that conflicts over science, economics, law, and policy play out in the day-to-day struggle over appropriate clean-up methods and contamination levels. It should allow a peek behind the statutory language to see what actually happens on the ground when pollution controls are implemented and fought over.