Cleanup efforts are under way in Chicago at the former site of
a lead and zinc smelter and scrap metal yard.
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
property has high levels of lead, arsenic, copper, mercury and