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CHICAGO, September 22, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today ordered H. Kramer & Co. to take immediate action to remove lead-contaminated soil in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

The area where the EPA would like to sample residential soil for lead levels. Photo courtesy US EPA.
The residential soil area for lead clean up by Kramer.

CHICAGO, September 22, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today ordered H. Kramer & Co. to take immediate action to remove lead-contaminated soil from at least 54 residential yards in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. H. Kramer has up to 30 days to comply with EPA’s unilateral administrative order and begin the cleanups.

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Drinking Water Safety Concerns Presentation by David E Jacobs/Lozano Library

P.E.R.R.O. Presentation at the Lozano Library regarding Drinking Water Safety Concerns in Chicago by Health Expert David E. Jacobs

As for the recent research conducted by the EPA, it  displays and recapitulates  the potential contamination of drinking water in the area  due to the new water meter installments in Chicago, especially in the Pilsen community. This informed  statement has originally been emphasized through a  The Chicago Tribune report called City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water”.  This report highlighted the  city’s officials negligence to notify community members about how “80%  of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead”.  These are not the only potential hazards of being exposed for they have also found that the city has been utilizing defective  testing methods for testing  lead.

Apart from cautioning you about the potential lead contamination in the Chicago Area, it is also paramount that you understand the detrimental  impacts of being lead poisoned..

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  lead is known to cause an assortment of health problems that can range from abdominal pain, constipation, depression, irritability, and can lead to other health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and reduced fertility if the exposure is prolonged.

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30 day public comment period on July 20th Consent Decree/Enbridge Energy/Romeoville,IL Spills

For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA029

There will be a 30 day public comment period on the consent decree lodged today. Information on how to comment on the consent decree will be available in the Federal Register and on the Department of Justice’s website: www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees.

CHICAGO (July 20, 2016) –U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from its 2010 oil spills in Marshall, Mich. and Romeoville, Ill. Enbridge has agreed to spend at least $110 million on a series of measures to prevent spills and improve operations across nearly 2,000 miles of its pipeline system in the Great Lakes region. Enbridge will also pay civil penalties totaling $62 million for Clean Water Act violations — $61 million for discharging at least 20,082 barrels of oil in Marshall and $1 million for discharging at least 6,427 barrels of oil in Romeoville.
In addition, the proposed settlement will resolve Enbridge’s liability under the Oil Pollution Act, based on Enbridge’s commitment to pay over $5.4 million in unreimbursed costs incurred by the government in connection with cleanup of the Marshall spill, as well as all future removal costs incurred by the government in connection with that spill. Today’s settlement includes an extensive set of specific requirements to prevent spills and enhance leak detection capabilities throughout Enbridge’s Lakehead pipeline system – a network of 14 pipelines spanning nearly 2,000 miles across seven states. Enbridge must also take major actions to improve its spill preparedness and emergency response programs. Under the settlement, Enbridge is also required to replace close to 300 miles of one of its pipelines, after obtaining all necessary approvals. Enbridge’s Lakehead System delivers approximately 1.7 million barrels of oil in the United States each day.

“This settlement will make the delivery of our nation’s energy resources safer and more environmentally responsible,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “It requires Enbridge to take robust measures to improve the maintenance and monitoring of its Lakehead pipeline system, protecting lakes, rivers, land and communities across the upper midwest, as well as pay a significant penalty.”

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