Polluted Town Says EPA Declaring Premature Victory
Much of the town of East Chicago, Ind., is a federal Superfund site, having endured decades of pollution from a now-shuttered lead smelter.
Recently, the EPA said cleanup work there has been successful and is moving to take a large swath of East Chicago off of its Superfund list, a compilation of country's most polluted sites. However, some residents of the town, which is predominately Black and Hispanic, say they weren't consulted on this decision and don't think their community is safe yet.
On this episode of our podcast, Parts Per Billion, Bloomberg Law's Sylvia Carignan talks about how the EPA's Superfund program works and why some disadvantaged communities feel that it has too much of a top-down orientation.