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OBJECTION to EPA-IDEM Approval for Permit of Toxic PCBs (polychlorinated
biphenyls) in the Indiana Harbor and Canal Dredging Project by USACE under the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA) 15 U.S.C. § 2605 (e) (1).
Dear Mr. Kaplan, Ms. Greensley and Ms. Guerriero (EPA); Mr. Pigott and Mr. Ritchotte
(IDEM); and Colonel Drew, Mr. Nguyen and Dr. Miller (USACE):
It has come to our attention that the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Indiana
Department of Environmental Management is working on a Toxic PCB /TSCA Permit regarding
3500 Indianapolis Boulevard, East Chicago, Indiana in the Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (USACE) application to dispose toxic PCBs in the confined disposal facility (CDF) is .3 mile from East Chicago Schools and Parks, and .3 mile from Hammond and Whiting neighborhoods. If the CDF was a municipal landfill it would be in violation of the state siting criteria of .5 miles for landfills (329 Indiana Administrative Code 10-16-11(a)(4)). For decades this project was thought to be only an East Chicago problem but it affects Hammond and Whiting as well. Under no circumstance is it appropriate to store toxins so close to residents, schools, a golf course, George Lake, Wolf Lake and the Calumet River System that leads to Lake Michigan.
PCBs are toxic chemicals known to cause a variety of cancers in humans. So why allow the USACE to expose our children and our community to additional harms from PCBs?
According to Rachel Marek, Assistance Research Scientist and lead author of University of Iowa study, "Exposure of school age children to PCBs is of particular concern because these compounds we know impair memory and learning and cause cancer in humans".
Our region is home to the most polluting and profitable industries in human history. For decades these companies have done extraordinary harm to the health and welfare of our families and community. This permit would do additional harm to us. It would continue a history of placing a disproportionate burden of risk to our health and welfare while decreasing the property value of our homes.
We, the undersigned, OBJECT to Indiana Department of Environmental Management
and to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency considering “Draft Approval” of the
We OBJECT the approval for the USACE to expand the CDF located in East Chicago, IN. (Indianapolis Blvd. and Riley Rd.)
Under no circumstance is it appropriate to store toxins so close to residents, schools, a golf course, George Lake, Wolf Lake and the Calumet River System that leads to Lake Michigan.
It is unfair to put peoples health at an unnecessary risk. It is also unfair that such a site will decrease the property value of homes.
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