Soil sampling at Evansville site in Indiana expands to new
Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 resumed its investigation to determine
the extent of lead-contaminated soil in Evansville. Several hundred
residents have been mailed detailed information and access agreements
that, when signed, allow environmental technicians to collect
soil from their properties.
The area to be investigated extends
beyond the Jacobsville neighborhood, where attention had been
focused until now. Based on limited data collected in late 2004,
EPA now believes that many decades ago lead contamination may
have spread to other areas. Before cleanup plans are finalized,
EPA wants to perform a thorough investigation of potentially impacted
The contamination came to light
a few years ago during a smaller cleanup in the Jacobsville neighborhood.
In 2000 2001, in support of an EPA cleanup effort at the Evansville
Plating Works, The Indiana Department of Environmental Management
collected soil samples in the area, many of which showed lead
levels high enough to warrant Superfund attention.
The samples taken will be very
small, with no damage to the yards. “I encourage full participation
by Evansville residents and business owners, so that the EPA may
clean up any lead contamination that may exist,” said Mayor
In addition to those residents
who received the recent mailing seeking property access, other
Evansville residents who would like their property to be considered
for sampling may print an access agreement from the EPA website
and send it to EPA.