Cities are morally responsible for removing lead water hazards, but it will be expensive, as well as legally and socially complicated. What are some short and long-term steps to dealing with the problem, and what does this imply about who is responsible for the safety of urban drinking water?
Michael Tiboris is a Global Water Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Public Fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies. He writes about water justice and the role of water in foreign policy. This includes work on fair resource distribution, urban water quality crises, water conflict, and cooperative transboundary resource governance.
The EPA finally started the remediation of those homes that tested positive for lead in Pilsen in the radius between Allport St and Loomis St and between 18th Pl and 21st. Kramer Foundry at 1345 W 21st was found accountable by the EPA thru a legal binding decree December 2015. Only about 5 homes will be done before they begin the remaining 54 homes the spring 2017
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.
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.
Areas 1 through 10 representing segments along the spur and alley.OU 1 consists of an east-west alley between West 21st Street and West Cermak Road and between South Loomis and South Throop Streets. It also includes a railway spur that begins on South Laflin Street behind the Benito Juarez Community Academy athletic field and ending on West Cermak Road just east of South Loomis Street. Starting in November, EPA oversaw the removal of tracks and ties along the railway spur and the excavation and disposal of lead-contaminated soil from the railroad spur and alley. (See map, which shows Areas 1 through 10 representing segments along the spur and alley.) Area 1 west of the Benito Juarez parking lot driveway has a final compacted gravel cap. Workers have also completed capping with a final asphalt cover on Areas 5, 7, 8 and 9. The eastern part of Area 1 (east of the Benito Juarez parking lot driveway) and Area 2 will have an asphalt cover installed the week of June 20 along with Areas 4, 6 and 10. Area 3 is the area where the railroad spur crossed over South Loomis Street and it is already covered with the street’s asphalt.
Environmental Protection Agency is asking owners of over 100 properties in a portion of the Pilsen neighborhood for permission to take samples in their yards and gardens for lead-contaminated soil.
The specific residential area — referred to as Operable Unit 2 — is bounded by 18th Place to the north, an alley halfway between Allport Street and Racine Avenue to the east, 21st Street to the south, and Loomis Street to the west. There are about 178 residential properties in this 25-acre OU2 site. About 121 of the properties have non-permanent covers in their yards such as bare soil, grass or gravel and are the focus of EPA’s outreach.
If you own a residential property within these boundaries, EPA urges you to complete an access agreement allowing us to sample your property for lead to find out if a cleanup is needed. Turning in your signed access agreement during January and February will help the Agency begin work when the first signs of spring arrive.
https://www.epa.govp June 2016/il/pilsen-area-soil-site
(Chicago, Jan. 27) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to discuss upcoming soil sampling in a section of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
EPA will be asking for permission from property owners to take samples within the residential area bounded by 18th Place to the north, an alley halfway between Allport Street and Racine Avenue to the east, 21st Street to the south, and Loomis Street to the west.
The open house will be in the basement of Holy Trinity Croatian Church, 1850 S. Throop St. The open house is at 5:30 p.m., public meeting at 6:30 p.m. EPA personnel will be on hand to answer questions – in English and Spanish – about soil sampling in the Pilsen Area Soils site.
EPA has been investigating lead contamination in Pilsen since 2011, when the Agency became involved with a cleanup at the former Loewenthal Smelter.