East Chicago, Indiana, residents forced to leave their homes over dangerous lead levels in the soil.
Hundreds of residents in East Chicago, Indiana, are leaving after discovering that the soil around their homes contains dangerous levels of lead.
The Environmental Protection Agency found that the West Calumet Housing Complex has registered lead concentrations in the soil that are beyond 1,200 parts per million, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana.
Upon learning that “hundreds of children suffer from excessive levels of lead in their blood” after performing preliminary tests, Mayor Anthony Copeland later announced that residents will be moving from the housing complex.
East Chicago, Indiana, is just one of the many cities around the nation with dangerously high levels of lead that is facing challenges of unclean water. Here are a few.