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EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA: The Environmental Advocacy Center (EAC) has formed a coalition of attorneys—experts across housing, health, and the environment—to advocate for residents exposed to lead and arsenic at extremely high levels. At this site, which was listed for cleanup under the National Priorities List in 2009 under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, residences were built on and next to soil contaminated by lead and arsenic. EAC is advocating on behalf of residents for a cleanup that provides maximize health and environmental protections. EAC’s partners include the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Loyola Law School Health Justice Project, and University of Chicago Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. 

The East Chicago case has gotten substantial publicity in recent weeks, including—

08/31/2016 Their Soil Toxic, 1100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes | front page, New York Times

08/22/2016 East Chicago children have lead in their blood from contaminated dirt. Is this the next Flint | Washington Post

08/14/2016 Attorneys to E.C. residents: Know your legal rights | Northwest Indiana Times


EAC's advocacy efforts include writing opinion pieces for publications with broad audiences. These OpEds bring wider attention to EAC's cases, and the underlying issues, and influences government agencies, legislators, and individuals who have an interest in the subject.  

Some recent OpEds by Prof. Loeb include: 

Why are companies allowed to delay cleanup of toxic superfund sites 

EPA lead standards leave children exposed to harm

Toxic water isn’t just in Michigan 

Lead in paint is harming hundreds of thousands of children  

How to reduce premature deaths linked to environmental risks 

The sand mines that ruin farmland 

People are calling natural gas a bridge to a sustainable future - they’re wrong 

Some so-called clean energy projects are contaminating millions of gallons of incredibly valuable water 

Prof. Chizewer recently published a law review article entitled, "Living with Water in a Climate-Changed World: Will Federal Policy Sink or Swim." 46 Envtl. L. 491 (2016) (forthcoming) (with Dan Tarlock).