Indiana governor: New law will aid lead-tainted region

Indiana governor: New law will aid lead-tainted region

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - Gov. Eric Holcomb says a new state law will help a northwestern Indiana city deal with lead and arsenic contamination that's forcing residents from a public housing complex.

Holcomb joined East Chicago officials for a ceremonial bill signing Thursday in a park within a Superfund site.

The Post-Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2qXBLIO ) the new law contains several provisions, including one that will compel state environmental officials to help with the site cleanup and to test soil and water throughout East Chicago.

Holcomb says government is now "working shoulder to shoulder" to address the contamination.

State Rep. Earl Harris Jr. sponsored the legislation. The East Chicago Democrat says everyone knows the cleanup measures will take time.

City officials began evacuating public housing complex residents last year because of high lead and arsenic levels.

Information from: Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/

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