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Remediation effort in works at defunct Chicago smelter

Keywords: Tags  lead, zinc, copper, Loewenthal Metals, EPA, smelter cleanup, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Cleanup efforts are under way in Chicago at the former site of a lead and zinc smelter and scrap metal yard.

Remediation efforts were started in late June at Loewenthal Metals Corp., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Costs to restore the half-acre site are expected to reach $750,000 and take three months to complete.

Starting in the 1940s, the property was used as a smelter and recycler but there is no indication when the property became vacant.

It is unclear who will pay for the cleanup cost. The EPA said it has identified a potentially responsible party but has not been able to contact them.

The residential property has high levels of lead, arsenic, copper, mercury and zinc.

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