Arrowhead recently completed remedial construction activities at the USS Lead Superfund site located in East Chicago, Indiana. The site includes part of the former USS Lead industrial facility along with nearby commercial, municipal and residential areas. Listed on the National Priorities List in 2009, the site’s primary contaminants of concern are lead and arsenic, and it is EPA Region 5’s highest priority.
The site is divided into three zones: the neighborhood located between the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Line on the west, Parrish Avenue on the east, East 149th Place to the south and East Chicago Avenue to the north is designated as Zone 3. EPA Region 5 had committed to the community a cleanup of 120 properties in Zone 3 in 2017. Once again, Arrowhead was selected by the EPA Remedial Action Contractor, CH2M, to make it happen.
Throughout the 2017 construction season, the site was visited and reviewed by elected officials, the EPA Administrator, his senior advisors and other senior EPA officials on multiple occasions. The level of public engagement, critique and media visibility was very high and often with little warning.
Rising to the challenge, Arrowhead’s project team completed excavation and removal of 12,000 tons of lead and arsenic contaminated soil at the 120 residential properties – finishing the restoration approximately four weeks ahead of the baseline schedule and delivering on EPA’s commitment to the community.