Donnelly Speaks to HUD Secretary Regarding East Chicago Lead Contamination

Senator’s call follows his letter to HUD and EPA urging a prompt solution to protect families living in the West Calumet Housing Complex

Indianapolis, Ind. — (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly spoke last evening with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro to press HUD to continue assisting in the safe relocation of the families in the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago. More than 1,000 residents have been impacted by high levels of lead and arsenic in the surrounding soil.

Senator Joe Donnelly

Donnelly said, “My focus continues to be first and foremost on the safety and well-being of the residents living in the West Calumet Complex. I spoke with Secretary Castro about the urgent need to take care of the impacted families and ensure they are relocated in the safest and least burdensome way possible. The contamination has created a number of difficult challenges for the East Chicago community and even more questions. I remain committed to working with the residents and local, state, and federal officials to get answers to those questions and support the impacted families.”

Donnelly’s call followed up on the letter he and Congressman Pete Visclosky sent to HUD Secretary Castro and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging them to “devote all appropriate time and attention to working with the city of East Chicago to enact a solution that will promptly protect the individuals living in the West Calumet Housing Complex.” Donnelly and his staff have been in regular contact with local, state, and federal officials, including HUD and EPA, both on the ground and in their regional and national offices. In addition to numerous meetings and phone calls, Donnelly’s staff also attended an open house last evening for impacted residents at Carrie Gosh Elementary School, which included federal officials and resources.

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Senator Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly is honored to represent the State of Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Previously, he served the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana in the House of Representatives, and was first elected in 2006. After being reelected to the House in 2008 and 2010, he was elected to the Senate in 2012.

Joe is committed to a moderate and common sense agenda that includes creating and preserving jobs, a strong national defense, reducing the debt and deficit, fighting for our veterans, and promoting an all-in energy plan. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services Committee, Banking Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Aging Committee. In the Armed Services Committee, he serves as the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and on the Airland and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees. On the Agriculture Committee, he serves on the following subcommittees: Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management, on which he serves as Ranking Member; Jobs, Rural Development and Energy; and Livestock, Marketing and Agriculture Security.

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