By Lauren Cross
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.
Templeton said the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General recently paid a visit to East Chicago as part of its investigation into the EPA’s effectiveness and timeliness in communicating health risks to East Chicago and other communities across the U.S.
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