East Chicago environmental activists to accommodate with Rep. Visclosky, speak sludge storage
July 14, 2017 - storage organizer
Environmental probity advocates contend they are flourishing increasingly undone with a landscape in East Chicago after training that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has practical for a assent to continue storing poisonous sludge from a Indiana Harbor and Shipping Canal in East Chicago.
In an bid to widespread recognition of this emanate and voice their concerns, a Community Strategy Group, an environmental advocacy organisation formed in East Chicago, has scheduled a assembly Saturday with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, to voice their regard about intensity poisonous lees being stored in a city.
“The (confined ordering facility) is already here though we don’t wish toxins dredged adult from a waterway and placed in a enclosure here in East Chicago,” pronounced a Rev. Cheryl Rivera. “So a conflict is to a permit. We wish a congressman to support us in objecting this and we wish a (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) to repudiate a assent to a Army Corps of Engineers.”
The toxins being dredged out of a waterway are called PCBs, that a EPA criminialized in 1979 citing that they were “toxic” and presumably cancerous.
The Army Corps has been dredging a Indiana Harbor and Shipping Canal given 2012, where they remove a sediment, that contains PCBs, from a waterway and dispose of it during a trickery during 3500 Indianapolis Blvd. in East Chicago.
The Army Corps did not respond to mixed phone calls done to their Chicago District office.
The cramped ordering trickery is reduction than a mile divided from Carrie Gosch Elementary and East Chicago Central High.
“We are really endangered with a PCBs being subsequent to a schools,” Rivera said. “We don’t wish anymore toxins entrance into a community. As a outcome of that we wish a assent denied.”
Visclosky meets with citizens
The assembly with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky is 10 a.m. Saturday during a Pastrick Library during 1008 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago.