South Bend's mayor speaks about LaSalle Park EPA recommendation

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

SOUTH BEND The Environmental Protection Agency wants to add three superfund sites in Indiana to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste, and one of those is in South Bend.

Elevated levels of arsenic have been found in the soil near some units in the LaSalle Park homes development. Officials have long known about contamination across the street, on park property that served as a dump through the mid 1950's.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has called on the EPA to hold a public meeting in South Bend to provide answers.

“I think it’s important that we learn whether this is a level that could affect health in anyway, or just a level that’s higher than normal,” he says.

He says they need to help the city learn whether or not they need to do anything differently, as well as what to do to clean up the soil. The good news is the source of the contamination has been gone for decades.

Mayor Buttigieg is also focusing this month on a new mentoring initiative, helping at-risk youth improve their lives.

“You don’t have to be a psychologist,” he says. “We just need positive role models in these children’s lives.”

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