U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will sit down with state lawmakers at East Chicago’s lead-contaminated public housing complex Monday.

The visit comes five months after three Indiana congressmen invited Carson to the USS Lead Superfund site, which is contaminated with high levels of lead and arsenic from old factories.

Indiana stands to lose out if Congress approves proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, says environmentalists, scientists, EPA staffers, and Indiana residents.

The cuts could affect drinking water infrastructure, burden the state’s environmental regulatory agency, and hinder efforts to clean up industrial toxic waste sites.

EPA issues first 2017 Ozone Alert

May 15, 2017

The Evansville EPA has issued its first Ozone Alert of 2017.

Local EPA Director Jacob Keating told WNIN News that the area is facing sunny, dry conditions that can elevate ozone levels.


Keating said ozone may reach unhealthy levels for “sensitive groups,” including children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory or heart conditions.

He said the best time for outdoor activities during alerts is early morning and after sunset.

Keating said if you must stay outside during the heat of the day, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.


A lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana could soon become a lead-contaminated vacant lot – and if local and federal officials can’t resolve a key dispute, it might stay that way for a long time.

That’s because the city and Environmental Protection Agency are at odds over redevelopment plans for the neighborhood.

City, EPA reach deal on sewer upgrades

Feb 25, 2016

The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility has reached an agreement with the EPA on upgrading the city’s sewer system. 

The deal calls for the city to spend $729 million over 24-and-a-half years to reduce combined sewer overflows to no more than four in a typical year.

Much of the city’s sewer system combines storm water and sewage, sending wastewater into the Ohio River, Pigeon Creek, and Bee Slough when it rains.