"Owners Of Former East Chicago Lead Factories Named In Suit"

"Residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago want the operators of two former lead factories to pay for their relocation.

A class action lawsuit filed Thursday by LeRithea Rolan and Lamottca Brooks, on behalf of the residents of the housing complex, charged that Atlantic Richfield Company, DuPont and the Chemours Company should be responsible for the costs incurred by residents as they've been forced from their homes because of the lead and arsenic the now-demolished factories left in the ground.

"… News of the lead and arsenic contamination in East Chicago has thrown the neighborhood into disarray, while ARCO and DuPont are long gone from the area," said attorney Thomas Zimmerman, who is representing the plaintiffs, in a statement. "The polluters must take responsibility and pay for the damages they have caused.""

Craig Lyons reports for the Chicago Tribune October 6, 2016.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 10/07/2016