Justice for Community Poisoned by Toxic Lead

Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goal: Punish EPA officials who reportedly knew about high levels of lead in the soil, but did not inform local residents for over a year and a half.

About 1000 Indiana residents were exposed to high levels of lead for over a year and half after health officials reportedly knew of the contamination. Nearly 670 of them were children. Demand the punishment of all health officials who knew of these test results but did not inform those exposed.

Fever, chills, and vomiting are just some of the symptoms suffered by the local children. These are short-term symptoms commonly associated with lead poisoning. Soil samples, taken from the West Calumet Complex in East Chicago, Indiana, showed lead results 227 times the normal limit. The results, obtained in late 2014, were not shared with the residents until over a year and a half later.

This mishandling of information caused children to suffer physical and intellectual symptoms, some of which will never improve. Sign below and demand that those involved be held accountable for their actions.


Dear Administrator McCarthy,

Inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood were exposed to elevated lead levels for over a year and a half before they were informed of the dangerous contamination, reported local residents. Many suffered physical and intellectual symptoms during that time. We demand justice for these innocent people.

The West Calumet Complex sits on the remains of the Anaconda White Lead Company. The soil is so contaminated with lead that even touching it can result in long-term health problems. Of the 474 people screened, 29 had preliminary test results higher than the recommended five micrograms per deciliter. Of those tested, 19 were young children.

This shocking incompetency will likely affect the residents of the West Calumet Complex for the rest of their lives. Those responsible must be punished to the maximum degree.


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One Comment

  1. Kristin Peterson says:

    This is sickening!
    This is America, our children should not suffer from something that should be being controlled.
    Fire the individuals who knew about this and said nothing or did nothing to prevent this.

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