GARY, Indiana — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a study to determine if tainted sediment from the Grand Calumet River cleanup can be dumped into an existing toxic lagoon.
The Gary Sanitary District Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to enter into a one-year study with the EPA to assess whether the 17-acre Ralston Lagoon can receive soils dredged from the northwestern Indiana river.
The Post-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1de44Gc ) the lagoon is filled with toxic sludge and sits near the Gary/Chicago International Airport.
The EPA in 2009 ordered a $66.5 million cleanup of the lagoon, which will eventually be contained and capped.
Dredging of the Grand Calumet began in August as part of a $80 million project to remove PCBs, heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants and restore river habitat.
Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com