"They had a water crisis there; looks like we have a land crisis here." So said Indiana Sen. Lonnie Randolph regarding the homes of 1,000 residents that must be destroyed due to lead-contaminated soil.
From 1906 to 1985, a plant that melted copper and lead spewed toxic particles into the air that eventually drifted down onto the surrounding area. EPA didn't prioritize the complex for cleanup until 2009 and didn't form a plan for doing so until 2012:
Mayor Anthony Copeland, who was already skeptical of the EPA plan, urged residents in a letter in late July to temporarily relocate. Days later, the city sent another letter informing them it was seeking to demolish the entire 346-unit complex and they must find new housing as soon as possible.